In 2015, Birmingham declared itself a City of Sanctuary: this was not the end of our work, but the beginning.

As a city of sanctuary, Birmingham has committed to become a place of safety for all and proud to offer sanctuary to people fleeing violence and persecution.  We can all play our part to make this happen: as individuals and organisations.

Take a look below to see how Birmingham is already working to offer welcome, and how you can get involved.

Individuals Offering Welcome in Birmingham

Our city is home to a diverse population of over 1 million people.  We can each play our part in making our city a place of sanctuary and welcome:

Organisations offering welcome

There are many organisations offering direct support to refugees and asylum seekers,  but any organisation that interacts with the public can help create a culture of welcome. Organisations pledge that “we recognise the contribution of asylum-seekers and refugees to the City of Birmingham, and are committed to welcoming and including asylum-seekers and refugees in our activities.”

Schools of Sanctuary

A School of Sanctuary is a school that is committed to being a safe and welcoming place for all, especially those seeking sanctuary. This could be people whose lives were in danger in their own country, who have troubles at home or are just looking for a space of safety.

Several schools have already signed up in Birmingham – here you can read our latest Schools of Sanctuary newsletters:

Birmingham City Council

In 2015 Birmingham was officially declared a City of Sanctuary, and in January 2019 the city council (BCC) renewed this commitment.

There is a dedicated City of Sanctuary page on the BCC website, with information on:

The council states that:

“Our new commitment also extends beyond offering a welcoming place of safety to creating a city which all people from refugee and migrant communities can successfully resettle and integrate in the UK.

Our aims are to prevent crisis and destitution amongst newly arriving refugees and migrants, but also to recognise the skills and assets they can bring with them and the contributions they can make to the city’s economy and communities.”

 

City of Sanctuary UK Information