Support for Ukraine refugees: Airbnb frees up 100,000 beds

Berlin – The war in Ukraine is forcing millions of people to flee their country. The US company Airbnb wants to help – and announced today that it will provide free, temporary accommodation for up to 100,000 refugees worldwide!

In a statement from the company, which operates an online accommodation marketplace, it said letters from its management have already been sent to governments in Europe, including Poland, Germany, Hungary and Romania.

The letters offered assistance in taking in refugees within their respective borders. Even long-term stays should be possible.

People trying to flee Ukraine wait for trains in the train stationPhoto: Bernat Armangue/dpa

The EU Commission expects the biggest humanitarian crisis in Europe for many years. “In terms of the overall humanitarian situation, there are currently over seven million displaced people in Ukraine,” said Janez Lenarcic, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.

The relief effort is being financed by Airbnb Inc., donations from the Refugee Fund and the participating hosts on is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to providing a temporary safe haven for people in crisis, refugees and other displaced people around the world.

Map: War in Ukraine (as of February 28, 2022) will work directly with local non-profit organizations that organize the booking and coordination of refugee housing.

Anyone who needs immediate help should contact the UN refugee agency.


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