Airbnb to provide free housing to 20,000 Afghan refugees around the world
Airbnb will provide free accommodation to 20,000 Afghan refugees around the world following the takeover of the country by the Taliban.
The online hosting platform is seeking help from hosts to help those who have fled.
Managing Director Brian Chesky said the company feels “responsible for stepping up” in response to “one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our time.”
On Twitter, he said: “If you’re ready to welcome a refugee family, contact us and I’ll put you in touch with the right people here to make it happen!
“I hope this inspires other business leaders to do the same. There is no time to waste.”
He added: “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 not only provides them with a safe place to rest and start over, but also a warm welcome home.”
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.
This brought the total uprooted population to over 3.5 million.
Airbnb has a tradition of providing free shelter to those in need, housing 75,000 people fleeing or responding to a crisis since 2012, including Covid-19 health workers, earthquake evacuees and fires, responders and refugees.
Guests can register for the program here.
Airbnb is present in around 100,000 cities in almost every country and region of the world.
The UK government has said it will take up to 20,000 vulnerable Afghans over the next few years as part of its resettlement program.
David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) said, “As the IRC helps welcome and resettle Afghans in the United States, accessible housing is urgent and essential.
“We are grateful to our partners at Airbnb.org and Airbnb for once again offering their support and infrastructure to cope with this moment, providing safe and welcoming places for individuals and families upon arrival in the States. – United and start to rebuild their lives. “
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