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Netherlands: Dutch entrepreneurs launch a free Airbnb-style site for refugees

The newspaper NRC Next asked 213 out of the Netherlands’ 400 town and village councils about how they were planning to house refugees with the right to stay in the Netherlands and what preparations they were making to settle them. The conclusion is that four in five local councils do not have enough empty housing to accommodate refugees with a residency permit, the newspaper reported on Friday.

Meanwhile, a group of young Dutch entrepreneurs have imagined their own plan to tackle the emerging migrant housing crisis. The team has launched a free Airbnb-style website for refugees to help provide them with temporary accommodation across Europe. The site, Refugee Hero, offering housing spaces across the Netherlands, Ireland, the Czech Republic, France and Sweden, is getting attention with nearly 63 people who already have registered their houses since its launch on 21 September.

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