Airbnb to host 20,000 Afghan refugees

Amid a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, roommate company Airbnb announced that it would temporarily house 20,000 Afghan refugees around the world, as part of its charitable branch Airbnb.org. Company CEO Brian Chesky called their displacement and resettlement one of the world’s biggest humanitarian crises.

The company will coordinate with Airbnb hosts who wish to offer their homes to refugees for free or at a reduced rate. As for the other half of the bill and operating expenses, the charity will pay the rest of the bill.

Chesky will also fund the effort. “While we will pay for these stays, we could not do it without the generosity of our hosts”, noted Chesky. However, the company did not specify where or for how long it would accommodate the refugees. Chesky said he hopes other business leaders are inspired to do the same.

Support the International Rescue Committee

Since the fall of Afghanistan, the company has been working on a smaller scale, supporting the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a New York-based refugee charity, the Jewish nonprofit HIAS, and Church World. Service to provide immediate short-term services. accommodation for Afghan refugees, including 165 who arrived in the United States over the weekend.

About 3.5 million Afghans are currently internally displaced. Countries like the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkey and Uganda have agreed to host Afghan refugees.

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