Refugees escaping Afghanistan now have a place to come home to thanks to Airbnb’s new offer in response to the humanitarian crisis
Online accommodation platform Airbnb will temporarily house 20,000 Afghan refugees globally free of charge.
The offer comes as the organisation works to help the majority who find themselves displaced after fleeing the war torn country, resettle around the world.
Brian Chesky says his company felt a responsibility to step up to one of the biggest humanitarian crises of time.
“As tens of thousands of Afghan refugees resettle around the world, where they stay will be the first chapter in their new lives,” Chesky says.
“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 starts immediately and Airbnb is working with non-governmental organisations “on the ground” to help with the most pressing needs.
Helping others out is nothing new for Airbnb
Today’s announcement follows ongoing efforts by the company to help support those largely impacted by the humanitarian crisis.
The accommodation platform gave emergency funding and support to the International Rescue Committee (IRC), HIAS and Church World Service to provide temporary relief for up to a thousand arriving refugees.
Already, 165 refugees find themselves in safe accommodation services shortly after touching down in the United States last week.
David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, says accessible housing is urgently needed and essential in helping those who have fled Afghanistan resettle.
“We are grateful to our partners at Airbnb.org and Airbnb for providing safe and welcoming places for individuals and families as they arrive in the United States and begin rebuilding their lives,” Miliband says.
How much will this cost Airbnb?
Airbnb has not revealed how much the company plans to spend, or how long refugees will be housed for.
It follows a humanitarian crisis unfolding in Afghanistan, where thousands of people are seeking to flee the nation from the Taliban’s takeover before the August 31 deadline.
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Rise in parents purchasing homes for adult children sparks concerns
A growing trend of parents buying houses for their adult children is causing a stir, raising questions about the potential downsides of such arrangements. While the gesture may seem benevolent, experts warn of the pitfalls associated with this practice.
Financial advisors express concerns about the impact on both generations’ financial independence. By providing ready-made homes, parents might inadvertently hinder their children’s ability to learn crucial financial lessons, such as budgeting, mortgage management, and property ownership responsibilities.
The trend also sparks debates on the long-term implications for the housing market. Critics argue that such parental interventions can distort property prices and exacerbate existing affordability challenges, particularly for younger individuals aspiring to enter the property market independently.
There’s a call for a broader societal discussion on the balance between parental support and fostering financial autonomy. While the intention is often rooted in care, the unintended consequences of sheltering adult children from financial realities are prompting a reassessment of this well-meaning practice.
Victoria’s Secret criticized for trans woman’s apology
Victoria’s Secret is facing backlash after issuing an apology to a transgender woman who had a negative experience while trying on bras at one of their stores.
The incident has ignited a debate about inclusivity and sensitivity in the fashion industry.
The controversy began when the trans woman, who remains anonymous, visited a Victoria’s Secret store to shop for bras. She reported feeling uncomfortable and discriminated against by store staff.
In response to her complaint, Victoria’s Secret issued an apology, acknowledging the incident and expressing their commitment to diversity and inclusion.
However, the apology itself has come under fire from both supporters and critics.
Some argue that the brand’s apology is insincere and merely an attempt to save face, while others believe it is a step in the right direction towards a more inclusive shopping experience for all customers.
The incident raises important questions about how brands should handle situations involving discrimination and whether their apologies are genuine or performative.
It also highlights the ongoing challenges faced by transgender individuals when accessing spaces traditionally designed for cisgender customers.
As the fashion industry continues to evolve, many are calling for a deeper examination of inclusivity and sensitivity, not just in policies but in practice.
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