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 renewed this commitment with a new statement.

Cllr Tristan Chatfield, then Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Community Safety and Equalities at Birmingham City Council, said:

“As one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the UK – with a population made up of approximately 200 different nationalities – Birmingham prides itself in offering a warm welcome to all who choose to make their homes here.

“Whether new arrivals are asylum seekers, refugees or migrants, they all need help to understand our way of life and to successfully integrate into our community, so they can play an active role in the city’s life.

“This updated City of Sanctuary statement sets out the many ways in which we are already helping people to do just that – as well as offering help to access employment, education and other vital services.”

Watch this space for a dedicated page on the Birmingham City Council website!


City of Sanctuary UK Information