Airbnb has introduced that it’s going to present 20,000 Afghan refugees with free non permanent housing world wide, working with companions corresponding to former UK international secretary Ed Miliband.
Airbnb CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky revealed on Twitter that, from Tuesday onwards, the corporate “will start housing 20,000 Afghan refugees globally without spending a dime.”
“The displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees within the US and elsewhere is without doubt one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our time. We really feel a duty to step up,” Chesky declared, expressing his hope that different enterprise leaders would “do the identical” as “there’s no time to waste.”
Whereas we will probably be paying for these stays, we couldn’t do that with out the generosity of our Hosts.
— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) August 24, 2021
Chesky additionally referred to as on those that could be keen to host Afghan refugees of their properties to achieve out to the corporate.
Airbnb’s scheme will probably be funded by the corporate and its CEO, together with donors to Airbnb’s ‘Refugee Fund’.
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The Airbnb CEO didn’t reveal how lengthy the refugees could be housed for and the corporate failed to reply to a number of information organizations that requested, together with CNN.
In a separate assertion, Chesky stated “the Airbnb group will present” Afghan refugees “with not solely a secure place to relaxation and begin over, but additionally a heat welcome dwelling.”
A number of NGOs are partnering with Airbnb for the scheme, together with the New York-based Worldwide Rescue Committee, which is led by former UK international secretary David Miliband.
Miliband – who served in a number of ministerial positions below former prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and in addition labored as Blair’s head of coverage – praised Airbnb’s scheme in an announcement of his personal, noting that “accessible housing is urgently wanted and important.”
Blair’s 1997-2007 Labour authorities supported and aided the US’ invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, which in the end led to a significant Afghan refugee disaster, which has worsened following the pullout of US troops from the nation following practically 20 years of occupation this month amid a Taliban takeover.
The UN Refugee Company locations the variety of registered Afghan refugees at 2.5 million. Different figures, nonetheless, place the quantity at over 3.5 million – with roughly 270,000 displaced since January this yr.
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