Airbnb will host 20,000 Afghan refugees free of charge

Vacation rental company Airbnb has announced plans to house 20,000 Afghan refugees around the world for free as the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan continues.

The withdrawal of Western troops from the country has allowed the Taliban to regain power at an alarming rate, potentially putting many lives at risk.

As people flee the Taliban for safer territories, there has been a lot of talk in the national media about the relocation of refugees.

Read more: Afghan refugees “left on plane at Birmingham airport for eight hours without food”

Brian Chesky, co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, announced yesterday (August 24) that his company will help by temporarily housing 20,000 refugees, starting now.

Speaking to social media, Mr. Chesky tweeted: “As of today, Airbnb will start hosting 20,000 Afghan refugees worldwide for free.

“While we will pay for these stays, we could not do so without the generosity of our Hosts.

“To do this, we work in close collaboration with http://Airbnb.org, NGOs and partner organizations in the field to respond to the most urgent needs.

“If you are ready to welcome a refugee family, contact us and I will put you in touch with the right people here to make it happen!”

“The displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees in the United States and elsewhere is one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our time. We feel obligated to act.

“I hope this inspires other business leaders to do the same. There is no time to waste.”

David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (ITC), 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 face this moment, providing safe and welcoming places for individuals and families as they begin. to rebuild their lives. “

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