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Motions of Support for City of Sanctuary

There are many ways in which Local Authorities can show support for City of Sanctuary. For more information, please see our page on Working with your Local Authority.

The key thing is that they show political leadership in recognising that asylum seekers are entitled to claim asylum under the law, that they have fled persecution and that they deserve our welcome and support.

One of the ways of showing support is for the Council to pass a motion of support. Many Councils have done this already and you can see some examples of this below.
UNHCR has also asked Local Authorities and Mayors to sign its Statement of Solidarity for World Refugee Day 2018.

Working with your council to get a pledge of support

Sheffield City Council has led the way by being the first Council to pledge support to becoming a City of Sanctuary. 
The pledge of support that you might encourage your council to adopt will depend on context. It can be as simple as a short statement committing the city council to supporting the idea of welcoming those who have fled persecution and violence without any other practical actions.  Some city councils would be prepared to adopt more radical pledges of support which also expresses pride in being a ‘City of Sanctuary’ and commits to taking practical actions such as those listed under the “What can Councils do to contribute to Cities of Sanctuary?” tab on  Working with your Local Authority 
See the links below to some of the Council motions that have been passed by other cities.  These can be shared with your Councillors and provide good examples of the range of support which local authorities have given to the idea of a City of Sanctuary.

Councils that have signed Motions of Support


Birmingham City Council passed a resolution of support for City of Sanctuary in 2015. You can read about that here or click the above link to see their 2018-22 statement on City of Sanctuary.


In 2007, Sheffield became the first City of Sanctuary with a motion of support from Sheffield City Council. In 2017, the Council passed another support motion to mark 10 years. Click on the image above to read the text of the motion.