International Organization for Migration and Partner to Support Those Fleeing Ukraine

More people continue to flee Ukraine into neighbouring countries even as the conflict escalates. Photo: IOM/Francesco Malavolta

Geneva / New York – and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have announced today their partnership to connect people fleeing from Ukraine to free, short-term housing in Poland, Moldova, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia. 
Over 2 million people have fled to neighboring countries by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Last week, committed to offer free, temporary housing for up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine, and to date, more than 15,000 hosts have signed up through to offer their homes for free or at a discount around the world. 
“ is proud to be working alongside IOM once again, this time to support those fleeing Ukraine, and to assist in what has become one of the largest humanitarian crises of our lifetime,” said Joe Gebbia, Airbnb co-founder and chairman of “We are grateful for the continued generosity of the Airbnb community, who have opened their homes to refugees or have donated to's efforts. If you have space to host, please consider helping and IOM in offering temporary housing to those in need fleeing Ukraine.”
IOM provides vital support to migrants across the world, responding to emergency events and providing advice on migration policy and practice. Through this partnership with, IOM will help provide temporary housing over the coming weeks and months for all those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. These stays are free and are funded by Airbnb, Inc., donors to the Refugee Fund, and the generosity of Hosts through All Airbnb fees are waived for refugee stays.
“The provision of safe, private and accessible accommodation is of critical importance,” says Deputy Director General Amy Pope. “IOM is proud to partner with and help in providing a safe and warm place to stay. The winter is still quite severe in many places and providing warmth and security has an impact not only just the physical wellbeing of all those fleeing Ukraine, but also their emotional and mental state. Many will need a safe space to process the events of the last few days and to rest their weary hearts. We are grateful to all the hosts through Airbnb and that have opened their home and their hearts during this time.”
IOM is on the ground, mobilizing teams and boosting capacity in Ukraine and neighboring countries to respond to the growing humanitarian needs of Ukrainians forced to flee the country, those internally displaced, and stranded third country nationals. IOM’s priority is the safety and protection of all those fleeing the country and their ability to access assistance. IOM is screening and assessing potential vulnerabilities and risks, including for human trafficking, child protection, health and mental health, and the arrival of more vulnerable people with special needs, including elderly, wounded or sick people.
As of 4 March 2022, nationals from 138 countries have crossed the borders into neighboring states. Many left with only the clothes on their backs and a handful of prized possessions. Finding safety and shelter in an unknown place is daunting for many. 
“I haven't slept since the war started,” says Zoya*, at the Siret border between Ukraine and Romania, where over 150,000 people arrived since the start of the conflict. “We couldn't take anything, just some clothes and documents. We have no relatives in Romania. I ran away with my three children.” 
IOM, Airbnb and have a history of partnering to support the refugee community around the world, and have worked together, beginning in 2019, to offer housing to Syrian and Afghan refugees in Romania.
Over the past five years, Airbnb and have connected more than 54,000 refugees and asylum seekers – including from Syria, Venezuela and Afghanistan – to temporary housing through partners. Along with supporting refugees, has nearly a decade of experience in providing emergency accommodation to those in need, including activating’s emergency response program to provide those affected by the devastating floods across Western Europe.
Anyone who is interested in supporting this initiative can go to to get involved, including by offering free or discounted stays or donating. 

About is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating temporary stays for people in times of crisis around the world. operates independently and leverages Airbnb, Inc.’s technology, services, and other resources at no charge to carry out’s charitable purpose. 
About the International Organization for Migration

Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration and is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. As a UN related agency, the organization works in emergency situations, developing the resilience of all people on the move, and particularly those in situations of vulnerability, as well as building capacity within governments to manage all forms and impacts of mobility.

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