Exeter City of Sanctuary (ExCoS) is part of the national City of Sanctuary grassroots movement which is committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome for refugees fleeing war and persecution. ExCoS vision is for Exeter to become a genuine City of Sanctuary where all sections of the community are involved in helping to create this culture of warm welcome, safety and support for asylum seekers and refugees.
Exeter has a proud tradition of welcoming asylum seekers and refugees. In the early 2000s Exeter welcomed asylum seekers while more recently the city has begun to welcome a small number of Syrian families under the Government’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement programme. Additionally some unaccompanied young asylum seekers have already been brought to safety in Devon. We wish to celebrate and extend this welcoming response by the city’s people and organisations, building on the care already given to refugees and asylum seekers through organisations like Refugee Support Devon. Our main areas of activity include awareness raising, campaigning, events and seeking pledges of support for our goal of building in Exeter a culture of welcome and meaningful opportunity for those in need of sanctuary. ( (More about us here )
All members of the community can play a part so we invite you to become involved and to Pledge your support. Do contact us with any questions you have or if you wish to register your interest or volunteer with us.
Our Latest News
Sanctuary in Parliament 28th Nov.’17: Ending Poverty/Homelessness in Asylum System
‘Dignity not Destitution: Ending poverty and homelessness in the asylum system.’
Parliament: Action for Lone Child Refugees
ExCoS attend Rally and Lobbying Day of Action at Parliament for Child Refugees of Calais and EU on 24th October. …
#DignityNotDestitution: Join the New Campaign – Refugee Action
A new report by Refugee Action, titled ‘Slipping through the Cracks’ reveals how Britain’s Asylum system is failing the most vulnerable and forcing many into unbearable poverty and destitution. www.bit.ly/2uI7xIe
City of Sanctuary UK Charter 2017
City of Sanctuary UK Charter launch. On Wednesday 5th July at the AGM, City of Sanctuary proudly launched its UK charter…
All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees highlights difficulties faced by asylum seekers and refugees in settling in UK.
A new report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees has highlighted serious concerns about the difficulties faced by asylum seekers and refugees in settling in the UK.
Press Release: Stagecoach Supports Travel Costs for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Exeter
URGENT: Private Landlords needed for resettling Syrian refugee families
PRIVATE LANDLORDS NEEDED IN EXETER TO ASSIST WITH REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT ( Information supplied by Devon County Council and Exeter City Council…
‘Refugee Voices’: Hosted By Exeter City of Sanctuary. Bike Shed 28.1.17
‘Refugee Voices’ was hosted by Exeter City of Sanctuary at The Bike Shed Theatre on 28/1/17. it was part of…
Mounting opposition to planned closure of ‘Dubs’ scheme for lone children.Please write to your MP
Suspension of ‘Dubs’ resettlement programme for Unaccompanied Minors: Parliamentary Debate, 23.2.17 A parliamentary debate on the unaccompanied children in Greece and Italy is scheduled for 23rd February. We are asking our supporters to contact their MP, urging them to attend this debate and advocate for the continuance of the ‘Dubs’ scheme .
Refugee Voices: Sat. 28th Jan at Bike Shed Theatre 14.30. Hosted by Exeter City of Sanctuary
Don’t miss our event ‘Refugee Voices’ at Bike Shed on 28th January which is part of Refugee Awareness Week in the…
Visit our ‘Tree of Welcome’ at St. Sidwell’s Centre
Our ‘Tree of Welcome’ is currently on display at St. Sidwell’s Centre in Exeter as part of an Awareness…
Being Human: Stories from Syria.
A man forced to live under IS rule will explain how his faith helped him cope with this ordeal. This event at Exeter Cathedral on Thursday 24th November at 7pm is organised as part of a nation-wide Being Human festival of humanities. http://www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/event/all-events/being-human-stories-from-syria.ashx