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Airbnb doubles the variety of Afghan refugees it plans to accommodate

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Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky attends the Cannes Lions on June 20, 2016 in Cannes, France.

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Airbnb announced Thursday that its fundraising arm plans to temporarily provide shelter for an additional 20,000 Afghan refugees, bringing the total to 40,000.

Last month, the non-profit arm of the short-term accommodation service promised to take in 20,000 refugees. However, in a new blog post, Airbnb said it “will have the ability to go beyond the initial commitment.”

“If the demand for housing matches the supply in communities where refugees are being relocated, these new resources could help accommodate an additional 20,000 Afghan refugees,” Airbnb said.

The company announced that the refugee stays will be funded by contributions from Airbnb and Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky to Airbnb.org, as well as donors from the Airbnb.org Refugee Fund.

Airbnb has not specified exactly how much the company plans to spend on the engagement or how long refugees will be housed.

In addition to the stays funded by Airbnb.org, according to the company, 5,000 hosts have offered to offer free and discounted stays to Afghan refugees.

Corporations of all shapes and sizes rush to show their support for the victims in times of great crisis; it is an opportunity to be non-profit while strengthening public relations.

Verizon, Walmart and Texas Medical Technology are among those who offered to help the more than 100,000 people flee the country to the United States after Kabul fell to the Taliban on August 15.

Elsewhere, Amazon announced that it would offer refugees jobs in the company’s warehouses and transportation hubs, as well as in technical and corporate functions.

Airbnb, valued at around $ 107 billion, often offers to cover emergency housing costs. Since 2012, 75,000 people have found a place to stay in times of crisis.

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