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Airbnb announces it will host up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees

Home rental company Airbnb said on Monday that its nonprofit arm Airbnb.org will provide free, temporary housing for up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine.

CEO Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia, president of Airbnb.org, sent letters to leaders in Poland, Romania, Germany and Hungary offering to help shelter refugees. The countries share borders with Ukraine.

At least 300,000 Ukrainian refugees have entered the European Union so far after Russia invaded the country and the bloc needs to prepare for millions more, EU and French officials said.

Airbnb.org, which offers temporary stays for people during crises, will work closely with governments to help meet the needs of each country, including offering long-term stays.

Stays will be funded by Airbnb, Airbnb.org Refugee Fund donors, and Airbnb.org hosts.

Several other companies have also supported businesses and consumers in Ukraine, with online craft retailer Etsy waiving balances of around $4 million owed by sellers in the country.

Verizon Communications said it would waive charges for calls to Ukraine for some customers, while Britain’s Virgin Media O2 removed charges for data usage in Ukraine.

Source: CNN Brasil

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