Airbnb opened the doors of its properties to 20,000 Afghan refugees around the world on Tuesday and sought help from hosts who rent properties through the home-sharing company to get more free housing for those fleeing the crisis.
“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 a responsibility to move forward, “said CEO Brian Chesky on Twitter.” I hope this will inspire other business leaders to do the same. There is no time to lose. “
The UN Refugee Agency said last month that some 270,000 Afghans have recently been displaced within the country since January – largely due to insecurity and violence – bringing the total uprooted population to more than 3.5 million.
White House officials said 28 US military flights transported about 10,400 people out of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan for 24 hours that ended Monday morning, and 15 C-17 flights in the next 12 hours brought in another 6,660.
Airbnb has a history of providing free shelter to those in need through Airbnb.org.
Since 2012, Airbnb.org has housed 75,000 people fleeing or responding to a crisis, from COVID-19 health workers and evacuees or first responders by earthquake or fire to refugees.
Hosts can apply to the program through Airbnb.org.
“If you’re willing to host a refugee family, get in touch and I’ll put you in touch with the right people here to make it happen!” Chesky wrote on Tuesday.
Airbnb operates in approximately 100,000 cities in nearly every country and region in the world.