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Airbnb to Temporarily House 20,000 Afghan Refugees for Free

On Tuesday, CEO Brian Chesky said that Airbnb is organizing housing for 20,000 Afghan escapees free of charge. The company did not specify how long it would host the refugees. It would match refugees with hosts who would offer their homes for free or at a discounted rate. The costs would be funded by the company.

Airbnb is working with resettlement agencies to help Afghanis looking for a place to stay. The U.S. said that they moved out roughly 48,000 people from Afghanistan in previous days while thousands are still trying to flee. The main exit point is the Kabul airport, where many people had gathered in the tropical heat. The Taliban have set an airlift time limit till Aug. 31. The deadline affects many who want to leave the country.

Chesky said that the displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees in the U.S. is one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our time. Chesky showed his concern and said,

“I hope this inspires other business leaders to do the same, and there is no time to waste.”

Chesky urged Airbnb hosts to reach out to him if they wanted to host a refugee family and pledged to connect them with the right people at the company. Companies moved with urgent haste to show their support to victims in times of a crisis. It is a chance to be charitable and improve public relations in the process.

On Tuesday in CNBC, Texas Medical Technology shared that a supplier and distributor of medical equipment plan to hire 100 Afghan refugees within a year. They plan in which 144,000SF manufacturing facility in a housing society. Airbnb is worth about $92 billion and often offers to cover the expense of housing in emergencies. 

Writer: Amina Kiani

Reported by: Imaaz Nadeem

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