Airbnb’s Milan scheme lets hosts offer their homes to refugees

 Saturday, July 8, 2017

AirbnbAirbnb has introduced a brand new feature that encourages homeowners to offer their spare apartments or rooms to migrants and refugees.


This famous home rental site partnered with the local authorities including the Community of Sant’Egidio that is a Catholic organization, the Refugees Welcome Italian NGO with an aim to come up with the Open Homes Refugees scheme.


This project was launched on 5th July, Wednesday and had already witnessed more than 100 people signing up for the project.


Pierfrancesco Majorino who is the councilor of Milan for social affairs stated that they support the noble initiative in every way and that they are proud of that fact that Milan is the very first city to launch it in Italy. He added that the citizens of Milan are very supportive of challenging projects.


This initiative had been inspired by Open Homes Project of last year that saw residents open their homes to the relatives of those who had been hospitalized in Milan.


The hosts would be able to share their homes with people in need by applying through the official website of Airbnb via a page that facilitates the welcoming of refugees in the local homes. The active hosts of Airbnb would be able to share their listing for free and new hosts would be accepted through the process with a step by step guide about how to create a new listing. And, this includes security and identity checks.


And, the two partner NGOs would then be able to log onto the site to check the availability and also book beds for their clients.


Milan is a port city for the programme. But then, anybody would be able to register their listing on Open Homes all across Italy. This nation had been flooded with refugees over the last few years. In the final week of June, over 10,000 refugees had arrived from Africa through the Mediterranean route.


The aggregate number of refugees settling here since the initial phase of 2017 is close to 85,000.



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