Airbnb and Save the Children Sweden team up to help Ukrainian refugees
Save the Children is helping Airbnb’s nonprofit subsidiary, Airbnb.org, provide safe, free housing for Ukrainian refugees in Sweden.
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As part of the A Safe Start initiative, Save the Children Sweden will book and coordinate temporary stays for refugees “regardless of nationality, race, ethnicity or how they identify”, through Airbnb.org, which facilitates temporary stays for people in moments. crisis, according to Airbnb.
Save the Children Sweden is not alone in this effort. As part of this initiative, the Swedish business community and several non-profit organisations, including Save the Children Sweden, are working to provide “faster assistance to people fleeing Ukraine to Sweden”.
It is estimated that more than 200,000 Ukrainian refugees will arrive in Sweden by June, adding to the “urgent need for short-term accommodation”, according to Airbnb.
Over the past few weeks, Airbnb.org has partnered with several international and regional nonprofits that are “on the ground” in Europe to help facilitate free housing for up to 100,000 refugees fleeing the forces. Russians.
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In addition to Save the Children Sweden, Airbnb.org has established partnerships with the German government, HIAS and New Ukraine as well as with the The International Organization for Migration, which connects refugees to short-term accommodation in Poland, Moldova, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia, according to the company.
Helena Thybell, CEO of Save the Children Sweden, said “collaboration” is key to providing safe shelter for as many refugees as possible during this crisis.
“In an emergency such as this, there is a huge risk that fleeing families will be forced into less secure forms of accommodation in sports facilities or even tents,” Thybell said. “There are also risks associated with initiatives that lack security systems or support structures for families hosting displaced people.”
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Since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, tens of thousands of people have either registered to host a refugee through Airbnb.org or donated to the organization.
To date, more than 27,200 people have signed up to offer their accommodation for free or at a reduced price.