Airbnb to House 20,000 Afghan Refugees 

By: Teddy Grant

Airbnb said it would provide housing to 20,000 Afghan refugees globally for free, as reported by NPR.   

“As tens of thousands of Afghan refugees resettle around the world, where they stay will be the first chapter in their new lives,” said Brian Chesky, the company’s co-founder and CEO, in a press release Tuesday. “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.”  

The refugees will stay at properties listed on Airbnb’s website, per reports. The program is funded through contributions to Airbnb.org and donors to the Airbnb.org Refugee Fund, NPR reported.  

Airbnb.org provided emergency funding for immediate temporary stays for up to 1,000 refugees from Afghanistan.   

The news comes at a time of instability in Afghanistan, following the Taliban’s swift takeover of the country after the removal of U.S. troops.   

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The U.S. is in the process of evacuating as many Americans from the region as it can before the Aug. 31 deadline. President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he would not extend the deadline to withdraw troops.   

David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, which worked with Airbnb.org to provide stays to the 1,000 Afghan refugees, said, “As the IRC helps to welcome and resettle Afghans in the U.S., accessible housing is urgently needed and essential.”  

According to NPR, Airbnb and Airbnb.org have helped around 25,000 refugees with temporary housing in the last four years.   

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