26 Oct '15, 3pm

#news #business While EU governments demur, refugees find a welcome on the Web #singapore

#news #business While EU governments demur, refugees find a welcome on the Web #singapore

PARIS/AMSTERDAM: With one million people expected to seek asylum in Europe this year and governments arguing over how to cope, thousands of volunteers are taking to the Internet to offer refugees shelter free of charge. In France, the Netherlands and other European countries, private individuals are proposing free lodging via Web-based platforms inspired by Airbnb, the home rental venture that has flourished with the rise of smartphones. Some fear private endeavours may complicate government efforts to direct the refugee flow, or simply prove too short-lived as the strains of sharing a home take their toll. "It's laudable symbolically but it's not the model favoured by the state," said an official at the interior ministry of France, where arrivals are despatched to accommodation centres or state-paid hotel rooms. But refugees, many of whom relied heavily on mobile phone ma...

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