Airbnb partners with the United Nations to provide shelter for Ukrainian refugees
Airbnb announced on Wednesday that it will partner with the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration (IOM) to provide shelter for Ukrainian refugees amid Russia’s invasion of the country.
Under this programme, short-term accommodation will be provided in Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and Moldova to people seeking shelter.
“Airbnb.org is proud to work alongside IOM again, this time to support those fleeing Ukraine and to help with what has become one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our lifetimes,” said the co-founder of Airbnb and president of Airbnb.org. said Joe Gebbia. “We are grateful for the continued generosity of the Airbnb community, which has opened its homes to refugees or donated to Airbnb.org efforts. If you have space to host, please consider helping Airbnb.org and IOM provide temporary housing for people in need fleeing Ukraine.
Last month, Airbnb pledged to provide housing for 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine.
More than 2 million people have fled Ukraine in recent weeks as fighting continues.
“IOM is proud to partner with Airbnb.org and help provide a safe and welcoming place to stay,” IOM Deputy Director General Amy Pope said of the partnership.
“Winter is still quite harsh in many places and bringing warmth and security is impacting not only the physical well-being of anyone fleeing Ukraine, but also their emotional and mental state,” he said. -she adds. “Many will need a safe space to process the events of the past few days and rest their weary hearts. We are grateful to all hosts through Airbnb and Airbnb.org who have opened their homes and their hearts during this time.”