Airbnb opens housing for 20,000 Afghan refugees

Airbnb has opened the doors to its properties to 20,000 Afghan refugees around the world and enlisted the help of hosts who rent property through the colocation company to secure more free accommodation for those fleeing the crisis.

“The displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees in the United States and elsewhere is one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our time. We feel responsible for stepping up, ”CEO Brian Chesky said on Twitter.

“I hope this inspires other business leaders to do the same. There’s no time to lose.

The United Nations Refugee Agency said last month that around 270,000 Afghans had been newly internally displaced since January – mainly due to insecurity and violence – bringing the population total uprooted to more than 3.5 million.

White House officials said 28 U.S. military flights carried about 10,400 people to safety out of Taliban-held Afghanistan in the 24 hours that ended early Monday morning, and 15 C-17 flights over the course of the 24 hours. The next 12 hours brought 6,660 more.

Airbnb has a habit of offering free shelter to those who need it.

Since 2012, Airbnb.org has hosted 75,000 people fleeing or responding to a crisis, Covid-19 health workers and evacuees or responders in the event of an earthquake or fire, to refugees.

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky (AP)

Hosts are permitted to register for the program through Airbnb.org.

“If you are ready to welcome a refugee family, contact us and I will put you in touch with the right people here to make it happen!” Mr. Chesky wrote.

Airbnb operates in approximately 100,000 cities in almost every country and region of the world.

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