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Airbnb says it will temporarily house 20,000 Afghan refugees

Airbnb and Airbnb.org announced on Tuesday that they will temporarily house 20,000 Afghan refugees without cost. The trouble, an evolution of the house renting platform’s “Frontline stays” program for housing first responders, is in response to the refugee crisis brought on by the US army’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s takeover of the country.

“It has turn out to be abundantly clear that the displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees right here in the USA and elsewhere is a big humanitarian disaster – and within the face of this want, our neighborhood is able to as soon as once more step up,” the corporate wrote in its announcement. That is in fact depending on Airbnb’s present hosts agreeing to assist out. In a tweet thread announcing the plan, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky put out a name for Airbnb hosts eager about housing Afghan households on Twitter.

For taking part hosts and houses, the free refugee housing will be accessible globally, paid for by Airbnb, Airbnb.org (Airbnb’s nonprofit counterpart), Chesky, and donors from the Airbnb.org Refugee Fund. Airbnb didn’t provide a selected timeline for the way lengthy this system will final, however the firm tells The Verge “we’re planning to assist the 20,000 refugees for so long as is required.”

Different firms have additionally made makes an attempt to alleviate a few of the hurt brought on by the US exit from Afghanistan. Fb and Clubhouse have taken steps to safe accounts by hiding friends lists and removing personal info. The US Division of Protection has also called on airline companies to assist with additional evacuations from Afghanistan.

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