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Airbnb to temporarily house 20,000 Afghan refugees for free

Airbnb introduced Tuesday that it plans to temporarily house 20,000 Afghan refugees around the globe free of cost.

The refugees shall be housed in properties which are already listed on Airbnb’s platform and volunteered by hosts, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky stated on Twitter.

The price of the stays shall be funded by the company and contributions made by Chesky, who reportedly has a internet value of about $12.3 billion, in addition to different donations made to the Airbnb.org Refugee Fund.

The company stated its collaborating with resettlement companies and can evolve its help as obligatory. It additionally urged different companies “to provide immediate support to Afghan refugees.”

“As tens of thousands of Afghan refugees resettle around the world, where they stay will be the first chapter in their new lives,” Chesky said in a statement. “For these 20,000 refugees, my hope is that the Airbnb community will provide them with not only a safe place to rest and start over, but also a warm welcome home.”

While we shall be paying for these stays, we couldn’t do that with out the generosity of our Hosts.

— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) August 24, 2021

It’s unclear for how lengthy the momentary housing shall be supplied.

Over this previous weekend, Airbnb.org — which is a nonprofit centered on facilitating momentary stays for individuals in moments of disaster like pure disasters — managed to place 165 refugees in protected housing shortly after touching down within the US, the company stated.

Last week, the nonprofit stated it gave emergency funding and help to the International Rescue Committee, the Jewish American nonprofit HIAS and Church World Service to present rapid momentary stays by way of the Airbnb platform for up to 1,000 arriving Afghan refugees.

The price of the stays shall be funded by Airbnb and contributions made by CEO Brian Chesky.
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“As the IRC helps to welcome and resettle Afghans in the US, accessible housing is urgently needed and essential,” IRC CEO David Miliband stated in an announcement.

US officers stated Monday it has evacuated roughly 48,000 individuals from Afghanistan in current days, whereas hundreds stay within the nation, which has fallen below Taliban management.

Most of the evacuees are Afghans terrified of the Islamic fundamentalist group. Nearly 4,000 Americans even have been rescued, a US official advised The Post on Monday.

Airbnb managed to place 165 refugees in protected housing shortly after touching down within the US.
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Airbnb has dedicated to housing 20K Afghan refugees.

The major level of evacuation from Afghanistan is Kabul airport, however the Taliban has arrange roadblocks, making it tough for fleeing residents to make it to the airport.

Those who’ve made it to the airport face huge crowds which are gathered in immense warmth. Children have reportedly been trampled to demise amid the crowds.

The US has dedicated to withdrawing all US forces, even from the airport, by Aug. 31, and the Taliban has warned President Joe Biden that they are going to maintain him accountable to that deadline, stoking issues that many who need to flee the nation shall be caught.

“I hope this inspires other business leaders to do the same,” airbnb CEO Brian Chesky stated.
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“The displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees in the US and elsewhere is one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our time,” Chesky wrote on Twitter. “We feel a responsibility to step up.”

“I hope this inspires other business leaders to do the same. There’s no time to waste,” he added.