Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said Tuesday that the rental logistics company would offer free housing for up to 20,000 refugees fleeing Afghanistan in host locations around the world.
“The displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees in the US and elsewhere is one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our time. We feel a responsibility to step up,” Chesky wrote in a series of tweets announcing the move.
The company will pay for the housing of the Afghan refugees, who will be sheltered by partnered hosts in cities around the world. Nongovernmental organizations and regional partners helping refugees resettle also will be helping.
Chesky did not say how long the refugees would be offered housing or whether the company would help with any long-term resettlement.