Airbnb will present non permanent housing to 20,000 Afghan refugees: NPR

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Airbnb aims to accommodate 20,000 Afghan refugees worldwide for free.

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Airbnb aims to accommodate 20,000 Afghan refugees worldwide for free. The refugees will reside in properties around the world listed on the company’s website.

The stays are funded, according to the company, through contributions to Airbnb.org from Airbnb and Brian Chesky, CEO and co-founder of Airbnb, as well as donors from the Airbnb.org Refugee Fund.

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“When tens of thousands of Afghan refugees move around the world, their stay will be the first chapter in their new lives,” Chesky said in a press release on Tuesday. “My hope is that the Airbnb community will not only offer these 20,000 refugees a safe place to rest and start over, but also a warm welcome home.”

While we will be paying for these stays, we could not do so without the generosity of our hosts.

– Brian Chesky (@bchesky) August 24, 2021

Last week, Airbnb.org provided emergency funds and assisted the International Rescue Committee, HIAS and Church World Service to enable instant temporary stays for up to 1,000 arriving Afghan refugees through the Airbnb platform.

Over the weekend, the company worked with several partners to place 165 refugees in shelter shortly after they arrived in the United States

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“As the IRC is helping to host and relocate Afghans in the US, accessible housing is urgently needed and essential,” said David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee.

Over the past four years, both Airbnb and Airbnb.org have provided temporary housing to around 25,000 refugees. In June, Airbnb.org announced plans for a $ 25 million refugee fund to further expand its support for refugees and asylum seekers around the world.

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