Airbnb to house 20,000 Afghan refugees for free

Airbnb will start housing 20,000 Afghan refugees for free from today.

Woman standing at Airbnb window

The online accommodation platform will be working with nonprofit Airbnb.org to support the resettlement scheme, which will see refugees find housing across the world. 

Chief executive of the online platform Brian Chesky announced the initiative via Twitter on Tuesday morning. 

He said: “The displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees in the US and elsewhere is one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our time. We feel a responsibility to step up.”

Airbnb will be covering the cost of accommodation with the help of Mr Chesky and donations to the Airbnb.org Refugee Fund.

Hosts have stepped up globally to offer their homes for the scheme, which has started with immediate effect.

Mr Chesky added: “While we will be paying for these stays, we could not do this without the generosity of our Hosts.

“If you’re willing to host a refugee family, reach out and I’ll connect you with the right people here to make it happen!”

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  • Airbnb is set to host 20,000 Afghan refugees globally for free
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