Amid the ongoing military conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Airbnb has announced that it will provide free temporary accommodation for 100,000 Ukrainian refugees. But, as the Athens News found out, it was not so easy.
As it became known on March 8, the co-founders Airbnb — Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk — sent letters to leaders of various European countries, including Poland, Germany, Hungary and Romania, offering help to those affected by the conflict.
1. Airbnb and https://t.co/enqjlQB0rH are working with our Hosts to house up to 100,000 refugees fleeing from Ukraine, for free
— Brian Chesky 🇺🇦 (@bchesky) February 28, 2022
“The company will work closely with the governments of these countries to provide support to displaced people, including long-term stays,” the company said in a statement. The website of the Greek tourism organization GNTO also made repost company’s statements, inviting property owners in Greece, cooperating with Airbnb, to help refugees from Ukraine.
However, this statement turned out to be slightly premature. The fact is that Airbnb does not have its own housing and, accordingly, will not be able to provide it to refugees from Ukraine. But the company is already offering some solutions.
The editors contacted Airbnb support, where they provided us the following recommendations:
- Accommodation for refugees can only be booked through specialized organizations, i.e. in their individual direction. There is no free choice of housing for refugees.
- A list of European partners can be found at