Airbnb to pay Yorkshire hosts to house 20,000 Afghan refugees

Airbnb is committed to providing free accommodation for up to 20,000 Afghan refugees around the world.

Hosts in Yorkshire and other parts of the world are invited to offer assistance in response to “one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our time”.

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Airbnb and its charitable arm Airbnb.org hope to work with local communities to provide immediate support to Afghan refugees.

The cost of their stays will be paid for by contributions from Airbnb and company boss Brian Chesky himself.

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The company said it recognizes that the situation on the ground “is changing rapidly” and that Airbnb.org will work closely with resettlement agencies and partners.

Airbnb CEO and Co-Founder Brian Chesky said: “As tens of thousands of Afghan refugees resettle around the world, their stay will be the first chapter of their new life.

“For these 20,000 refugees, I hope the Airbnb community will not only provide them with a safe place to rest and start over, but also a warm welcome. “

A statement posted on their website said: “We know that Airbnb hosts and guests around the world will be eager to stand up and help this massive effort – and in the coming days, Airbnb and Airbnb.org plan to share details on how hosts and the wider community can support this initiative.

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