The Airbnb announced Monday it will partner with the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society to help support some of the 40,000 Afghan refugees the Canadian government has committed to welcome over the coming months. (File Photo – IRCC)
Under the new partnership, Airbnb will offer free housing to resettlement agencies across the country.
Jennifer Bond, Airbnb.org Board Member, Founder and Managing Director of the University of Ottawa Refugee Hub and Chair of the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (GRSI), said “Canadians have a long history of welcoming refugees from around the world. Airbnb.org is proud to build on this tradition by partnering with Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, civil society actors across the country, and generous hosts to help welcome Afghan refugees,” said
Meanwhile, Fariborz Birjandian, Chief Executive Officer at CCIS, said “We are grateful for Airbnb.org’s global leadership in this moment of crisis, which is providing invaluable support to our organization as we prepare to serve tens of thousands of Afghan refugees in the months ahead. Through this partnership, we will be able to meet one of the most urgent needs of arriving individuals and families and focus our staff on helping our clients build their new lives.”
Over the coming weeks and months, Airbnb.org will work with CCIS and Hosts on Airbnb to connect arriving Afghan newcomers across the country to temporary housing, according to a statement released by the company.
The statement further added since August, Airbnb.org has worked with partners to place more than 2,000 Afghan refugees into temporary housing in communities where they will resettle.
In the past four years, Airbnb.org and Airbnb have connected approximately 25,000 refugees around the world to temporary housing, the statement said, adding that Airbnb and Airbnb.org have been working with Hosts across Canada to open their doors to refugees since 2017.
Earlier this year, Airbnb.org announced the creation of the $25 million Refugee Fund, to further expand Airbnb.org’s support of refugees and asylum seekers worldwide.