Airbnb to provide temporary accommodation to 20,000 Afghan refugees

Refugees gathered at an air base in Madrid on Monday after leaving Afghanistan by plane.


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will provide free temporary accommodation to 20,000 Afghan refugees around the world, the company said on Tuesday.

Airbnb and, a nonprofit created by the colocation company that works to provide housing during crises, will fund and place refugees fleeing Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover, working with agencies resettlement and non-governmental organizations to determine their needs.

“The displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees in the United States and beyond is one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our time,” said Brian Chesky, co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, in a post on Twitter Tuesday. “We feel compelled to step up. “

The Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan created a desperate stampede among residents seeking to flee the country. The Biden administration is expected to discuss on Tuesday extending its August 31 deadline to evacuate thousands of people.

On Monday, the White House said the United States had helped evacuate 48,000 people since August 14. The United Nations Refugee Agency said there are nearly 2.5 million registered Afghan refugees worldwide.

Airbnb said it has already hosted 165 Afghan refugees who have arrived in the United States. The company and its charity work with hosts registered on the rental property platform. The association also worked with the International Rescue Committee, HIAS and Church World Service last week to provide temporary accommodation through Airbnb for 1,000 Afghan refugees.

Airbnb and have provided temporary housing to 25,000 refugees around the world over the past four years.

As America ends its war in Afghanistan after 20 years, analysis of WSJ data shows how the Taliban gradually regained control of the country and expanded their military presence after being toppled in 2001. Photo illustration: George Downs

Afghanistan under Taliban rule

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