Airbnb helped 20,000 Afghan newcomers find housing in the U.S.

When the Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan led tens of thousands of residents to flee the country last year, lodging rental company Airbnb stepped up to provide temporary shelter to more than 20,000 refugees via nonprofit Now, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine triggers yet another refugee crisis, Airbnb and CEO Brian Chesky are redoubling those efforts by offering free short-term housing to as many as 100,000 people fleeing the violence. Many hosts, meanwhile, have also been opening their doors. “There is no better way to welcome someone to a new community than by welcoming them to a home,” says Airbnb co-founder and chairman Joe Gebbia. “Airbnb Hosts have demonstrated their willingness to open their homes to people in times of need time and time again.”

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