Airbnb doubles the number of Afghan refugees it plans to host

Airbnb doubles the number of Afghan refugees it plans to host

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky attends the Cannes Lions on June 20, 2016 in Cannes, France.

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Airbnb on Thursday announced plans to provide temporary accommodation to an additional 20,000 Afghan refugees, bringing the total to 40,000.

Last month, the charitable arm of the home-sharing platform pledged to welcome 20,000 refugees. However, in a new blog post, Airbnb said it would have the “ability to go beyond” that initial commitment.

“If demand for housing matches supply in communities where refugees are resettling, these new resources could help provide housing for an additional 20,000 Afghan refugees,” the company said.

The company said the refugee migration was funded by contributions from Airbnb and Airbnb CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky, as well as donors from the Airbnb.org Refugee Fund.

Airbnb did not explicitly state how much the company plans to spend on the engagement or how long the refugees are being held.

In addition to the stay funded by Airbnb.org, the company said 5,000 hosts have so far offered to offer free and discounted stays to Afghan refugees.

Businesses of all shapes and sizes are rushing to show support for victims in times of major crisis; It’s an opportunity to be charitable and promote public relations in the process.

Verizon, Walmart and Texas Medical Technology are among those who have offered to help more than 100,000 people flee the country to the United States after Kabul fell to the Taliban on August 15.

Elsewhere, Amazon said it would provide jobs for refugees in company warehouses and transportation hubs, as well as in technical and corporate roles.

Airbnb, which is valued at around $ 107 billion, often offers to cover the cost of housing in the event of an emergency. It says 75,000 people have found a place to live in times of crisis since 2012.

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