After this weekend's widely condemned (and likely illegal) executive order barring Muslims from seven countries from entering the U.S., Airbnb has stepped up to offer free housing to refugees and other travelers left stranded by the move.
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky first announced the offer in a series of tweets on Saturday and Sunday:
Open doors brings all of US together. Closing doors further divides US. Let's all find ways to connect people, not separate them.— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) January 28, 2017
Not allowing countries or refugees into America is not right, and we must stand with those who are affected.— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) January 29, 2017
Airbnb is providing free housing to refugees and anyone not allowed in the US. Stayed tuned for more, contact me if urgent need for housing— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) January 29, 2017
The company hasn't released many details about the logistics, but this morning Chesky sent out an additional tweet with a link to a page where hosts can sign up to offer their homes to refugees in need. Per the new page on the site:
Airbnb is working with partners around the world to support refugees and those who may have unexpectedly been affected by the recent travel ban into the United States. If you would like to help by hosting these people for free, please add your listing here. If needed, we will reach out to you over the coming days to verify availability and request your support.
We appreciate your generosity!
We'll update with more details as they come in, and in the interim, if you're able, consider signing up to offer space to travelers left in the lurch.
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