December 6, 2021

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Airbnb is providing free lodging to 20,000 Afghan refugees

Airbnb has announced that it will shelter 20,000 Afghan refugees for free in order to assist them in resettling around the world.

The move was made in reaction to “one of the greatest humanitarian disasters of our time,” according to the company’s CEO.

He stated that the corporation felt obligated to do more.

Brian Chesky, the company’s CEO, added: “I hope that this motivates other corporate leaders to follow suit. There isn’t any more time to lose. “

As tens of thousands of Afghan refugees resettle around the world, the first chapter of their new lives will be where they stay. “My aim is that the Airbnb community will give not just a secure location to relax and start over for these 20,000 refugees, but also a warm welcome home,” he said.

The offer is effective right away, and the corporation stated that it is collaborating with non-governmental organizations “on the ground” to address the most acute needs.

It stated that it would work with resettlement agencies and others “to go where the need is,” and that the project and its assistance would evolve as needed.

Mr. Chesky tweeted on Tuesday, “Starting today, Airbnb will begin hosting 20,000 Afghan refugees for free around the world.”

“While we will be paying for our accommodation, we would not be able to do so without our hosts’ kindness.”

The cost of the accommodation will be covered by Airbnb and Mr. Chesky, as well as donations to the Airbnb.org Refugee Fund, according to the firm.

“The displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees in the United States and worldwide is one of the biggest humanitarian problems of our time,” he said, requesting volunteer hosts.