Welcome to Exeter City of Sanctuary
We aim to promote a culture of welcome, inclusion and safety for refugees and asylum seekers fleeing war and persecution. Our 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 welcome and safety.
In practical terms we do this by bringing people and organisations in our community together, running community events and school workshops, raising awareness and campaigning for change -thereby contributing to the wider national movement that is City of Sanctuary UK (click here to find out more About Us ).
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 may have or if you wish to register your interest or volunteer with us. BELOW are Our Latest News posts
Rally in Exeter: Kill the Bills.
Members of ExCoS and Exeter Amnesty attended the rally in Exeter on 15th jan. 2022 and spoke out against the Nationality and Borders Bill and PCSC Bill. Almost 300 people met peacefully in Bedford Sq.
MPs vote to essentially end the UK asylum system
City of Sanctuary's statement (9/12/21) following the passing of the Borders Bill's 3rd reading in Parliament in December. The Bill is now with House of Lords.
Good News: 9 Afghan families expected to arrive next week in Exeter!
The UK Home Office is placing a number of Afghan families in temporary “bridging” accommodation in an Exeter hotel, as part of the government’s Afghan relocation programme.-ARAD
ExCoS and Exeter Amnesty Int’: ‘We Welcome Refugees’ action.
Ahead of the London 'Refugees Welcome' rally, ExCoS joined Exeter Amnesty to send a message of welcome to refugees and oppose the assault on asylum rights (Borders Bill and fortress Europe).
Home Secretary’s New Asylum Plans- Refugee Council responds
Enver Solomon, CEO of the Refugee Council responded to Priti Patel's new asylum plans:
Parliamentary Briefing on Asylum Accommodation. March 2021
Joint Parliamentary Briefing on Asylum Accommodation – March 2021 (#Closethebarracks Campaign)
Detention of Unaccompanied Children arriving in Kent: Refugee Council responds to Child Commissioner’s report.
The Refugee Council has responded to a new report by the Children's Commissioner titled 'The Detention of Unaccompanied Children Arriving in Kent during 2020', Feb. 2021. See here
#Close the Barracks: Detention Action’s Petition
ePetition from Detention Action: It's starting to work. Opposition is growing to Priti Patel's detention camps.
#ClosetheBarracks: Take Action!
Hundreds of men who are seeking asylum here are living at disused army barracks, and a recent COVID outbreak at Napier barracks has added to humanitarian concerns. A fire broke out at the barracks on January 29, during a disturbance…
‘Far From the Home I Love’. Exeter Concert 13th April, 7.30pm
Special Concert by International Pianist Margaret Fingerhut. Southernhay Church, Dix's Field, Exeter EX1 1QA
Syrian Supper. Welcome Cafe. 14th March, 7pm
A SPECIAL SYRIAN SUPPER at THE WELCOME CAFE, Exeter. 14th MARCH, 7pm. TICKETS from The Welcome Cafe
DUBS and Family Reunification Delays: Home Affairs Select Committee hears evidence
January '19: 'Help Refugees ' have given evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on Channel crossings, reporting on the ongoing delays in transferring unaccompanied children to UK- even when the UK Government has approved their eligibility for Dubs places,…