Airbnb offers lodgings for 20,000 Afghan refugees

Leading home rental platform Airbnb says it will provide temporary housing for 20,000 refugees fleeing Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

The company, based in the US state of California, announced through its website on Tuesday that the free lodgings will be available worldwide.

Airbnb has not specified how long the refugees could shelter at the accommodations. But US media say long-term stays will probably be possible.

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said on Twitter, "The displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees in the US and elsewhere is one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our time."

Chesky wrote that Airbnb feels a responsibility to step up, and that he hopes the action inspires other business leaders to do the same.

The company says it has already secured safe housing for 165 Afghan refugees in six US states, including California and Washington.