Wales Nation of Sanctuary - supported by Welsh Refugee Council
Building on Wales’ peace heritage of offering sanctuary to refugees through the last 100 years, Welsh Civil Society were early to set up ‘city of sanctuary’ movements – where local people and communities work together to make their cities a place where new arrivals are welcomed, and can begin to feel safe from war and persecution. Swansea became the UK’s 2nd City of Sanctuary in 2010, followed by Cardiff in 2014.
Wales – Nation of Sanctuary Campaign
Civil society groups have joined forces to campaign for Wales to become the world’s first recognised ‘nation of sanctuary’. View Nation of Sanctuary Action Briefing
Local Sanctuary and Refugee Support Groups
- Caernarfon & Gwynedd – Pobl i Bobl
- Hay,Brecon & Talgarth
- Neath Port Talbot
- Valleys of Sanctuary
Useful Resources and Links
- Sanctuary Seekers in Wales – Critical Reflection article by Alyda Payson from ‘A Tolerant Nation?’ by Charlotte Evans, Neil Evans and Paul O’Leary 2015.
- Images of Refugees at Sea – Critical thinking blog on use / misuse of images from history to provoke hostility / sympathy towards refugees today.
- Seven Steps to Sanctuary – Welsh Refugee Coalition Manifesto, 2016
- From City to Nation of Sanctuary: Political Geographies of Citizenship – Swansea University ESRC PhD studentship, Oct 2016
- Making Wales a Nation of Sanctuary – Oxfam Cymru Campaign Blog, April 2017.
- Welsh Govt Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee Report on Refugees and asylum seekers in Wales, April 2017 and in News.
- Politicians want to turn Wales into a ‘nation of sanctuary’ for refugees (Wales Online, April 2017)
- Nation of Sanctuary 2017 Conference at Temple of Peace, May 2017
- Wales Nation of Sanctuary Conference Summary Report, June 2017
- Cytûn (Churches together in Wales) Refugees & Asylum work
- Displaced People in Action – Cities of Sanctuary People & Places Project
- Welsh Refugee Council
- Contribute directly to the KAFKA ‘Wales Nation of Sanctuary’ Story Gathering: We would like to collect experiences of people from across Wales on how you or your community has welcomed and supported refugees and asylum seekers; or how you have been welcomed into a local community as a refugee or asylum seeker. We want to capture experiences and help build connections to create a movement of people all working to make Wales a more welcoming nation.
Is Wales today a place of peace for those fleeing conflict? And what for Welsh internationalism and European mobility in a world beyond Brexit, and for future generations?
- Support sanctuary seekers in your area