According to CNN, the Biden administration is extending relief to tens of thousands of Afghans that have been living in the US. Afghan people who were resettled in the US after the forced shift of power in Afghanistan will qualify for humanitarian relief, known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which protects them from deportation for 18 months. In addition to protection from deportation, eligible individuals are also permitted to work. It is estimated that roughly 74,500 individuals will qualify for relief. However, only those settled in the US by March 15th of this year will qualify. This decision came not too long after TPS was also offered to Ukranians in the US due to the ongoing Russian military offensive in the Ukraine. The Department of Homeland Security expects that 75,100 Ukrainians in the US will benefit.
According to Axios, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Airbnb have partnered to provide free temporary housing to refugees fleeing the Ukraine. Poland, Moldova, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia are among the locations listed by the IOM that have committed to housing up to 100,000 refugees. It has been estimated that more than 2 million people from over 100 countries have fled the Ukraine due to the ongoing conflict. The UN has stated that this is the fastest-growing refugee crisis since World War II. Axios reports that at least 15,000 Airbnb hosts have offered their homes for free or at discounted rates. Airbnb News declared that all “stays will be funded by Airbnb, Inc., donors to the Airbnb.org Refugee Fund, and the generosity of Hosts through Airbnb.Org.” All profits go towards assisting people with obtaining short term housing, consider donating today.