Geneva/New York – Airbnb.org and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN migration agency, today announced their partnership to connect people fleeing Ukraine to free housing and in the short term in Poland, Moldova, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia.
More than 2 million people have fled to neighboring countries because of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Last week, Airbnb.org pledged to provide free temporary housing to up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine, and to date more than 15,000 hosts have signed up through Airbnb.org to offer their homes. free or at a reduced price worldwide.
“Airbnb.org is proud to work alongside IOM again, this time to support those fleeing Ukraine and to help with what has become one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our lifetimes,” said Joe Gebbia, co-founder and president of Airbnb. from Airbnb.org. “We are grateful for the continued generosity of the Airbnb community, which has opened its homes to refugees or donated to Airbnb.org efforts. If you have space to host, please consider helping Airbnb.org and IOM provide temporary housing for people in need fleeing Ukraine.
IOM provides vital support to migrants around the world, responding to emergency events and providing advice on migration policies and practices. Through this partnership with Airbnb.org, IOM will help provide temporary housing over the coming weeks and months to all those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. These stays are free and are funded by Airbnb, Inc., donors to the Airbnb.org Refugee Fund, and the generosity of Hosts through Airbnb.org. All Airbnb fees are waived for refugee stays on Airbnb.org.
“Providing safe, private and accessible housing is critically important,” says Deputy Chief Executive Amy Pope. “IOM is proud to partner with Airbnb.org and help provide a safe and warm place to stay. Winter is still quite harsh in many places and bringing warmth and safety impacts not only the physical well-being of all those fleeing Ukraine, but also on their emotional and mental state. Many will need a safe space to process the events of the past few days and rest their weary hearts. We are grateful to all hosts through Airbnb and Airbnb.org who opened their homes and hearts during this time.”
IOM is on the ground, mobilizing teams and building capacity in Ukraine and neighboring countries to respond to the growing humanitarian needs of Ukrainians forced to flee the country, internally displaced persons and nationals of blocked third parties. IOM’s priority is the safety and protection of all those fleeing the country and their ability to access assistance. IOM screens and assesses potential vulnerabilities and risks, including in relation to human trafficking, child protection, health and mental health, and the arrival of more vulnerable people with special needs, including the elderly, injured or sick.
As of March 4, 2022, nationals of 138 countries have crossed the borders of neighboring states. Many left with only the clothes on their backs and a handful of prized possessions. Finding safety and shelter in an unfamiliar place is daunting to many.
“I haven’t slept since the start of the war,” says Zoya*, on the Siret border between Ukraine and Romania, where more than 150,000 people have arrived since the start of the conflict. “We couldn’t take anything, just clothes and documents. We have no relatives in Romania. I fled with my three children.
IOM, Airbnb and Airbnb.org have a history of partnering to support the refugee community around the world and have worked together, beginning in 2019, to provide housing for Syrian and Afghan refugees in Romania.
Over the past five years, Airbnb and Airbnb.org have connected more than 54,000 refugees and asylum seekers – including from Syria, Venezuela and Afghanistan – to temporary housing through Airbnb.org partners. In addition to supporting refugees, Airbnb.org has nearly a decade of experience providing emergency accommodations to people in need, including activating Airbnb’s emergency response program. .org to help those affected by the devastating floods in Western Europe.
People fleeing Ukraine and in need of temporary accommodation can contact IOM at [email protected] Anyone interested in supporting this initiative can go to airbnb.org/help-ukraine to get involved, including offering free or discounted stays or making a donation.
Airbnb.org is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating temporary stays for people in times of crisis around the world. Airbnb.org operates independently and leverages Airbnb, Inc.’s technology, services, and other resources free of charge to further Airbnb.org’s charitable purpose.
About the International Organization for Migration
Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration and is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. As an agency linked to the United Nations, the organization works in emergency situations, developing the resilience of all people on the move, and in particular those in situations of vulnerability, as well as building capacities within governments to manage all forms and impacts of mobility.
*Name changed to protect privacy