The intention of Belfast City of Sanctuary is to make Belfast a welcoming environment for refugees, asylum-seekers and new communities. Wherever refugees go in our neighbourhoods we want them to feel safe and to find people who welcome them, support them, include them in their activities, recognise and celebrate what they can contribute. We want to build that same culture of welcome in our schools, workplaces, entertainment centres, places of worship and all public spaces. We hope to work with all those in public services, both at policy level and on the frontline, to ensure that an ethos of civility and welcome pervades at all times.
Can we make Belfast a
City of Sanctuary?
The answer from our Seminar on 13th March 2018 is – Yes!
As part of the Imagine festival we held a very successful and well attended seminar to discuss the idea and to hear directly from those who have come to our city in the expectation of a warm welcome and in the hope of being able to live in safety. Belfast City of Sanctuary wishes to be a part of re-imagining Belfast as a Welcoming, Safe and Inclusive City.
Thanks to everyone who attended. Lots of new faces and diversity we are aiming for in carrying out our mission to “promote and build a culture of welcome and hospitality for people seeking sanctuary and a home in Belfast.”
We were delighted with the great participation in the seminar by those who are new to this city. Thanks to our Vice Chair, Israel Eguaogie for kicking off a lively discussion.
Thanks to Paul Nolan for facilitating and stimulating conversations out of which we hope will come ideas for making this city a truly great place to live for everyone.