A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/ma3UlYWugug
Media tour conducted to provide an inside look at Airbnb.org's inspiring work in collaboration with IOM to assist refugees and asylum seekers.
To mark World Refugee Day, which occurred on June 20th, organizations like Airbnb.org and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) continue to raise awareness about the ongoing needs of refugee populations around the world and connect them to free emergency stays. From refugees fleeing events in Afghanistan to people displaced by the war in Ukraine, Airbnb.org is proud to work with partners like IOM, as well as Airbnb.org Hosts and donors, to offer welcoming places to stay during unimaginable times of crisis.
Kristen Berlacher, Director of Programs at Airbnb.org, and Amy Pope, Director General Elect of IOM, talked about this important collaboration.
Since its founding in December 2020, Airbnb.org has worked with IOM and organizations around the world to connect nearly 200,000 refugees and asylum seekers with free, temporary stays, including:
135,000+ refugees from Ukraine
34,000+ refugees from Afghanistan
During the media tour, topics that were discussed included:
How the state of refugees and asylum seekers evolved in recent years and where there has been the greatest need.
Why providing temporary housing is a key part of refugee relief and how temporary housing benefits both refugees and their local host communities over the long-term.
How the partnership between Airbnb.org and IOM has been instrumental in addressing the temporary housing needs of refugees and asylum seekers internationally.
How people can support ongoing refugee relief efforts by Airbnb.org and IOM.
Humanitarian crises like those that forced people to flee events in Afghanistan and the war in Ukraine often capture the attention of the world and compel people and organizations to take action. Long after the headlines fade, however, the needs of those displaced by these events endure.
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