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It’s hard not to be cynical about Airbnb’s motives for housing 20,000 Afghan refugees

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Brian Chesky, the CEO of Airbnb, announced over Twitter this week that his company plans to house 20,000 Afghanistan refugees for free, thanks to the “generosity” of its hosts.

Starting today, Airbnb will begin housing 20,000 Afghan refugees globally for free.

Now call me cynical, but this sounds a bit like reputational laundering from a platform capitalist whose business is known worldwide for encouraging landlords to rent out properties short term, mostly to tourists.

Airbnb has been criticised by many community groups around the world – especially those people who live in tourist destinations and global cities. They have long argued that Airbnb has caused landlords to let properties to passing visitors rather than local people. This has pushed up rents and left some communities fractured – after all, when many of the people in your area are on holiday, trying to conduct everyday life around them can be problematic.

This has led to a number of community campaigns putting pressure on........

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