Airbnb of­fers free hous­ing to refugees

The Star Early Edition - - BUSINESS NEWS - Amy Wang

AIRBNB, the home-shar­ing site, has said it will give free hous­ing to refugees and any oth­ers not al­lowed into the US, pre­sum­ably as a re­sult of Pres­i­dent Trump’s ex­ec­u­tive or­der to tem­po­rar­ily ban refugees from the coun­try.

Brian Ch­esky, the co­founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive of Airbnb, tweeted the of­fer late on Satur­day as trav­el­ers from sev­eral Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­tries were de­tained or oth­er­wise placed in limbo at air­ports around the world.

Airbnb is pro­vid­ing free hous­ing to refugees and any­one not al­lowed in the US.

Pres­i­dent Trump on Fri­day signed or­ders to sus­pend ad­mis­sion of all refugees into the US for 120 days and to im­ple­ment “new vet­ting mea­sures” to screen out “rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ists.” Refugee en­try from Syria, how­ever, would be sus­pended in­def­i­nitely.

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