Online accommodation platform, Airbnb has offered to house 20,000 Afghan refugees for free as it helps them resettle across the world.

The company’s Chief executive, Brian Chesky said this was in response to “one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our time”.

Chesky said, “I hope this inspires other business leaders to do the same. There’s no time to waste.

“As tens of thousands of Afghan refugees resettle around the world, where they stay will be the first chapter in their new lives. 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 offer is said to start immediately, as the company said it was working with non-governmental organisations “on ground” to help with the most pressing needs.

He asked for volunteer hosts to contact him, saying: “The displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees in the US and elsewhere is one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our time.”


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