(14 Jul 2014) Do you remember the Refugee Council campaign for the Government to offer safety to Syrian refugees? We thought it a victory when together with The Refugee Council and Amnesty International we forced the Government to set up a special... read more (Supporting the Resettlement of Syrian Refugees) »
(30 Jun 2014) “City of Sanctuary is the most exciting and dynamic initiative in the Refugee world” Maurice Wren, CEO Refugee Council. June, when the tenacity and contribution of refugees is recognized across the globe, saw celebrations as... read more (A Tale of Two Cities – new Cities of Sanctuary recognised – Cardiff and Newcastle) »
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.
(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 »
(19 Jun) During our recent Aspirations Week at Bracken Edge we were lucky enough to have Zebiba visit us. Zebiba came to talk to years 5 and 6 about her life, career and being a refugee. The children were greatly moved by her talk and are now all... read more »
(9 May) The SNP supported the report and criticised the UK’s “detrimental” asylum policy On 27 April, the Scottish National Party issued a press release calling on the UK government to consider recommendations proposed by the... read more »
(14 Apr) The COST international conference on Optimising Childbirth ran over two days and had nearly 100 presentations from around the world. Rose McCarthy, Jackie Ingham, Dasha Pluto and Mel Cooper from the Maternity Stream of Sanctuary presented... 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. Tiffy, Will Sutcliffe (Bradford CoS... 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 »
(24 Feb) IN an act of compassion, Rev Richard McKay, a Catholic Priest and Chair of Bristol City of Sanctuary has decided this time not only to lead from the pulpit but join others in the ‘front line’ sleeping rough on the street of... read more »
(28 Jan) Kirklees Council has become the 8th Council to pass a motion against destitution and joins Oxford, Bristol, Liverpool and Bradford as members of the Still Human Still Here coalition! Accompanied by Lucy from DASH (Destitute Asylum... read more »