Airbnb promises to take in Afghan refugees and urges others to follow suit
“When tens of thousands of Afghan refugees relocate around the world, their stay will be the first chapter in their new lives,” said Brian Chesky, CEO and co-founder of Airbnb, in the press release. “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.”
The company and its nonprofit Airbnb.org announced that they will jointly provide temporary housing through contributions from Airbnb, Chesky and donors to the Airbnb.org Refugee Fund at Airbnb.org. The company works with resettlement agencies that are in contact with Afghan refugees to identify refugees in need.
“Airbnb and Airbnb.org recognize that the local situation is evolving quickly. Airbnb.org will work closely with relocation agencies and partners to get where it is needed and to develop this initiative and our support as needed. Also, given the tremendous need, Airbnb urges members of the global business community to join efforts to provide immediate assistance to Afghan refugees. “
The displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees in the US and elsewhere is one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our time. We feel obliged to move forward.
– Brian Chesky (@bchesky) August 24, 2021
Refugee Fund contributions have already been made to resettlement organizations, including the International Rescue Committee, to resettle at least 1,000 Afghan refugees. Last weekend, Airbnb hosted at least 165 refugees in safe shelters in Sacramento, Northern Virginia, Cleveland, Dallas, Washington and New Jersey, the organization said.
“In the past week it has become abundantly clear that the displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees here in the US and elsewhere represents a significant humanitarian crisis,” the company said in a statement. “Faced with this need, our community is ready to perform again.”
The Afghan refugee shelter announcement follows similar programs by Airbnb that temporarily sheltered other communities during disasters. Corresponding NPR, Airbnb and its nonprofit have provided shelter to around 25,000 refugees over the past four years. Not only did it house people displaced by hurricanes, forest fires, and mass shootings, but also most recently frontline health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the organization didn’t specify exactly how much the company plans to spend on the engagement or how long the program will last, it did announce plans for one $ 25 million refugee fund Expand support for refugees and asylum seekers around the world.
Chesky not only emphasized the importance of helping refugees, but also urged others to “reach“To him if they were interested in hosting a refugee family and committed to connecting them with the right people.
“While we will be paying for these stays, we could not do so without the generosity of our hosts,” Chesky said in the press release. “When you are ready to host a refugee family, get in touch and I will connect you with the right people here to make this possible.
“The displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees in the US and elsewhere is one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our time. We feel obliged to move forward. I hope this inspires other business leaders to do the same. There is no time to lose. “
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