New Sanctuary City for Refugees

People and organisations in Coventry work towards achieving the nationally recognised status by May 2009. 22 October 2008. Local institutions, businesses and NGO’s throughout the Coventry will have to demonstrate that their services are as accessible as possible to vulnerable people seeking refuge.

City of Sanctuary is national movement which aims to encourage cities to work towards improving levels of support to people seeking sanctuary in the UK.

Teresa Carroll, from Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Partnership, said: "Coventry has a history of welcoming people whose lives are in danger in their own countries.

There are a lot of misconceptions in the media about people seeking refuge but the reality is that many people come here having lost everything, including their family, their home and very often a professional career.”

"If we look behind the stereotypes we can see that people have managed to re-establish themselves in Coventry and have contributed to the city’s diverse and vibrant community.

"We want to build on these positive things by encouraging as many people and organisations as possible to consider how we can make Coventry more welcoming to people seeking sanctuary here."

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