Airbnb Offers Stranded Refugees Free Shelter

In the light of US President's latest move to ban the citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the USA, the Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky launched a web page to help connect those affected by the ban with accommodation.

Airbnb's decision comes amid a global backlash against Trump's order which puts a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily bans travelers from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries.

In addition the order also temporarily places a ban on entry into the United States of any person from seven countries: Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. "Stay tuned for more, contact me if urgent need for housing", tweeted co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, Brian Chesky, reaching out to travellers from the affected Muslim-majority countries.

Fellow ride-sharing company Lyft has also donated $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union in support.

Airbnb said it would provide free housing to anyone barred from entry.

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An uneasy truce that's presided between big business and the Trump administration showed its first cracks over the weekend, as the tech industry in particular registered its disapproval of the president's immigration ban. President Trump said that this particular order was created to prohibit radical terrorists from entering the United States.

The Trump Administration travel ban suspended admission of all refugees into the US and put an indefinite freeze on the entry of refugees from Syria.

"We are living in an unprecedented time, one in which we are witness to the conscience of our country, and the promise of the American Dream, being called into question", he said. The ban will be in place for 90 days and has affected thousands.

"Worse, these actions will make America less safe (through hatred and loss of allies) rather than more safe", he wrote. Hundreds of tech leaders, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, have spoken out against Trump's executive order.

  • Kyle Warner