Today is World Refugee Day— a day to bring awareness to the ongoing refugee crisis that has touched countless lives across the world. This year, we would like to take a moment to highlight our partners that work tirelessly around the globe to support those in need of assistance. Below you can learn more about their critical work – we hope that you will consider supporting their efforts by visiting their websites to learn more about their efforts, engaging them on social media or contributing to their missions:
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is leading the global response to this crisis, protecting refugees, and providing lifesaving assistance and supportive services such as shelter, food, water and medical care to refugees in Europe. UNHCR is also providing assistance and protection in countries that refugees travel through along their journey to Europe. In 2015, Airbnb began a partnership with the UNHCR. We are proud to support the agency in their mission to “work to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution, war or disaster at home.”
As global forced displacement has reached an all-time high at more than 65 million, UNHCR is asking people everywhere to stand together #WithRefugees by signing a petition to show that all refugees deserve to live in safety. Visit WithRefugees.org to join the effort.
The Tent Foundation has built a 30-member strong coalition of leading companies–known as the Tent Alliance–that are dedicating their resources, energy, and ingenuity to help bring an end to the global refugee crisis. As a founding partner of the Tent Alliance (2016), Airbnb is committed to working with other businesses, refugee relief organizations, governments, and academics to amplify business-led initiatives to end human displacement everywhere.
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Since 2015, Airbnb has partnered with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to aid them in their mission to “respond to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic well-being, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster.” IRC is currently on the ground supporting the refugee crisis in multiple locations including Serbia and Greece.
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. Since 2015, Airbnb has partnered with Mercy Corps to support their mission to “put bold solutions into action—helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.” Mercy Corps is currently responding to the crisis in a number of countries, including Syria and Turkey.
Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation (GAHI)
Airbnb recently joined the Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation (GAHI) as an initiating member. The ambition of the GAHI is to “achieve higher impact and efficiency through innovation in humanitarian action. Innovation enables the humanitarian system to do more, for more people, at a lower cost. By focusing on addressing challenges no single actor would be capable of addressing on their own, GAHI limits duplication and ensures multiplication of impact.”
At Airbnb, we are proud to partner with nonprofit organizations, other private sector companies, and public sector entities responding to the global refugee crisis. Through our disaster response and relief program, we donate travel credits and other resources to our partners in support of their critical work.
We know many members of our global community are working to support these efforts, and we hope those that may be interested in learning more will follow and engage with our partners on Twitter using the #WorldRefugeeDay hashtag.
Photo Credit: Karine Aigner for Mercy Corps