Cities of Sanctuary

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"The City of Sanctuary movement began in October 2005 in Sheffield. In September 2007, with the support of the City Council and over 70 local community organisations, Sheffield became the UK’s first official ‘City of Sanctuary’ — a city that takes pride in the welcome it offers to people in need of safety...

"Through creating a national network of Cities of Sanctuary, we aim to demonstrate the desire of people of goodwill throughout the country for a more just and humane approach to people seeking sanctuary in this country. " [1]


Accessed January 2011: [2]

  • Inderjit Bhogal (Chair) is Director of the Yorkshire and Humberside Faiths Forum and former President of the UK Methodist Conference.
  • Patricia Midgeley is a Sheffield City Councillor.
  • Levan Khazbulatov is a refugee from Chechnya and a trained accountant.
  • Gina Clayton is a human rights lawyer specialising in asylum law.
  • Diana Tottle is the Director of SAGE and a Trustee of Skillshare International.
  • Mike Reynolds is a Sheffield City Councillor and chairs the Council’s New Arrivals Members Advisory Group.
  • Ouattara houadjotany is a refugee from Ivory Coast, and a presenter on Sheffield Live community radio.



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  1. About, Cities of Sanctuary, accessed January 19, 2011.
  2. About, Cities of Sanctuary, accessed January 19, 2011.