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Airbnb CEO Offers Free Housing to Refugees in Response to Immigration Ban

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Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky at Airbnb Open Day in Paris, France. 2015. (Image via Airbnb).

In the wake of President Trump’s Executive Order barring refugees from entering the United States for 120 days and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days, Airbnb’s CEO Brian Chesky joins a growing group of tech CEOs with strong opinions on the matter.

On January 28, Chesky voiced his displeasure with the measure via his official Twitter account. “Open doors brings all of US together. Closing doors further divides US. Let’s all find ways to connect people, not separate them.” He soon followed with a second, more direct, Tweet with his stance on the controversial order. “Not allowing countries or refugees into America is not right, and we must stand with those who are affected.”

Concerned about the growing number of people who found themselves outside of the United States and not able to return amidst the enforcement of the order, the Airbnb cofounder soon declared the company willing to offer free housing to those in need.

“Airbnb is providing free housing to refugees and anyone not allowed in the US. Stayed tuned for more, contact me if urgent need for housing,” Tweeted Chesky, who offered his personal email as a point of contact. Subsequently, the company set up a website that allows hosts to donate their homes to immigrants in need.

This is not the first time that Airbnb has sprung into action after a crisis. The company’s “disaster response tool” has most recently been used after a series of earthquakes in central Italy and wildfires in Chile.

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky let his voice be heard in opposition to President Trump’s Executive Order with a series of Tweets.

h/t: [Mashable, APlus]

Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.

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