(12 Aug 2014) The first ever Parliamentary inquiry into detention was launched on 7th July 2014. The inquiry is jointly led by the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Refugees and Migration, and marks the first dedicated Parliamentary inquiry into the... read more (New Guides issued for groups and individuals who want to contribute to the Detention Inquiry) »
(12 Aug 2014) The Home Office has completed its review of asylum support rates following the High Court judgment of 9 April 2014 which ruled that the decision to freeze rates was flawed. The Home office has concluded that the current cash payments... read more (Home Office will not increase asylum support payments) »
What’s happening around the country?
These are the latest stories from City of Sanctuary movements and streams around the UK. We also have a full list of City of Sanctuary Groups and Movements.
(21 Aug) The Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Conference takes place at the University of Huddersfield on 15th September 2014. The conference will include a diverse range of speakers currently involved in raising awareness of FGM or working in... read more »
(6 Aug) The school put together a portfolio showing the ways in which they offer support to children from asylum-seeking and refugee families. The award was presented to the Head Teacher Matthew Tehan at their final assembly on Friday 18th July. read more »
(6 Aug) Are you new Cardiff? Then let the Cardiff City of Sanctuary movement show you around. We can help you access sector services and understand where you need to go to feel included in Cardiff. Contact us on email@example.com.... read more »
(5 Aug) A magnificent patchwork canvas, measuring over four metres by two, was created by stitching together about 1000 small squares. Syrian children from refugee camps in Jordan and pupils from Bradford schools were asked to decorate the small... read more »
(4 Aug) The What is home? mixed-media, all-age art exhibition was held in Bradford’s Fabric Gallery, in the city centre and ran for the whole of Refuge Week. There were about twenty separate exhibitors, including school children, as young... read more »
(28 Jun) The Derby City of Sanctuary group launch event was a great occasion with 250 people attending, about half being free guest places for member of our refugee communities. Twelve more local groups asked to be affiliated, and messages of... read more »
Regional Asylum Activism publishes briefing on healthcare entitlements of asylum seekers and refugees (both in process and refused).
(25 Jun) We welcome the short briefing from Regional Asylum Activism on healthcare entitlements for asylum seekers and refugees. We agree with them that access to healthcare should be free for anyone who has claimed asylum in the UK, regardless... read more »
(25 Apr) During the debates on the Immigration Bill, Ministers made statements to try and reassure those concerned about the introduction of a migrant surcharge and charges for primary and A&E healthcare. Steve from Doctors of the World has... read more »
(9 May) Although Ipswich Town of Sanctuary has a different focus to that of Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality and the Strategic Migration Partnership, we held a meeting at the start of the year to discuss what information Ipswich... read more »
(14 Apr) Christians from churches across the country, from Bournemouth to Newcastle upon Tyne, from Liverpool to Gravesend, attended the annual Churches’ Refugee Network conference in Sheffield on 5 April. Many who attended were asylum seekers... read more »
(26 Mar) With 90 councillors in attendance, Bradford’s Lord Mayor received a certificate from Tiffy Allen, the National CoS Coordinator, in the Banqueting Hall at Bradford’s City Hall on 25th March 2014. Tiffy, Will Sutcliffe (Bradford... read more »
(21 Mar) Leicester became the tenth city and the first in the Midlands to pass the Still Human Still Here resolution opposing policy that results in the destitution of asylum seekers at various points in the asylum process. The motion was agreed... read more »