Airbnb to Provide Free Housing to 20,000 Afghans, Finding Homeowners Interested in Housing
Airbnb announced that it will host 20,000 Afghan refugees free of charge to help tackle “one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our time.”
The company asked the hosts to ask if they were prepared to provide accommodation for refugee families.
Airbnb will cover the cost of stays, which it says start from Tuesday. The company also called on other companies to join forces to support the refugees.
Airbnb’s announcement comes as US and British troops withdraw from the country after a 20-year intervention, raising fears for the safety of Afghan citizens who are now under Taliban rule.
“As tens of thousands of Afghan refugees resettle around the world, their stay will be the first chapter of their new life,” said Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb.
“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. “
The efforts will be paid for by the charitable arm of Airbnb, which is funded by Mr. Chesky and other donors.
Airbnb said it recognized that the situation on the ground was changing rapidly. The company is committed to working closely with resettlement agencies and partners “to go where the need goes and scale this initiative and our support as needed”.
David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, praised the company’s commitment.
He 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 deal with this moment, providing safe and welcoming places for individuals and families when they arrive. in the United States and begin to rebuild their lives. “