- A Safe Start brings together several non-profit organizations and members of the Swedish business community to provide faster assistance to people fleeing from Ukraine to Sweden, including facilitating temporary accommodation through Airbnb.org.
- With estimates suggesting that over 200,000 Ukrainian refugees could arrive in Sweden from now until June, there is an urgent need for short-term housing.
- Anyone who wants to offer accommodation to refugees for free or at a discount can register at Airbnb.org/ASafeStart.
Today, Save the Children Sweden and Airbnb.org have announced a new partnership to provide free, short-term accommodations in Sweden for refugees fleeing Ukraine as part of the A Safe Start initiative.
A Safe Start brings together several non-profit organizations, including Save the Children, and members of the Swedish business community to provide faster assistance to people fleeing from Ukraine to Sweden. These partnerships complement the work carried out by the Swedish Migration Agency, municipalities and MSB, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency.
Airbnb.org will work with Save the Children Sweden – who are responsible for booking and coordinating stays for refugee guests, regardless of nationality, race, ethnicity, or how they identify – to connect refugees to available temporary housing in Sweden.
Three weeks ago, Airbnb.org committed to offering free, short-term housing to up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine, and since then, more than 16,700 people across Europe have signed up through Airbnb.org to offer their homes to refugees for free or at a discount.
Collaboration is a key factor in being able to provide quick help to as many refugees as possible. In an emergency like this, there is a huge risk that families on the run will be forced into less safe forms of housing in sports facilities, or even tents. There are also risks associated with initiatives that lack security systems or support structures for families who host displaced people. A Safe Start in Sweden can make a big difference by bringing together everyone who wants to help and those who really need assistance. At the same time, we can create the safest possible hosting solutions
Helena Thybell, Secretary General and CEO of Save the Children in Sweden
Amanda Cupples, General Manager for Northern Europe at Airbnb, said: “Airbnb.org is proud to be partnering with Save the Children in Sweden, as part of A Safe Start, to help refugees escaping the war in Ukraine with free, temporary accommodation through its generous community of Hosts. We are so grateful to all the Hosts who have signed up to welcome refugees into their Homes , and encourage anyone with space to register at Airbnb.org/ASafeStart.”
Oscar Stege Unger, Initiator of A Safe Start in Sweden, said: “The armed conflict in Ukraine is creating a situation in which millions of people are being hit terribly hard. At the same time, there is a tremendous desire to help. We are using our networks and leveraging our existing competence and tools to contribute to a safer start in Sweden for more refugees. We have already come far thanks to the efforts of private individuals, volunteers, aid organizations, the public sector, and the business community.”
Airbnb.org is working with partners across Europe to begin connecting refugees fleeing Ukraine to housing, including the International Organization for Migration, as well as the government of Germany. In addition, the Utah Jazz Foundation is donating to Airbnb.org to provide more than 32,200 nights of temporary housing to refugees fleeing Ukraine.
To further support AIrbnb.org’s important work, last week Airbnb’s co-founders – Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, Nathan Blecharczyk and his wife Elizabeth — personally committed to match up to USD $10 million in donations to Airbnb.org from 15 March, 2022 through March 31, 2022.
In the past three weeks, Airbnb.org has also received more than $6.3 million in small-dollar, direct donations from a total of more than 69,000 individual donors across 95 countries.