Croeso Cardiff – Capital City of Sanctuary

Posted by Victoria Goodban "Sanctuary in Wales" Project Co-ordinator

25th Jun 2014

Cardiff has received official recognition as a City of Sanctuary thanks to the work or local communities and organisations including Oxfam Cymru

Cardiff has received official recognition as a City of Sanctuary, thanks to the work of local communities and organisations including Oxfam Cymru.

The status is achieved through demonstrating how it welcomes new arrivals, fleeing war or persecution and seeking a safe place to live and Cardiff has been able to demonstrate how it does just this.

The UK City of Sanctuary delegation, who visited the city on the 4th June, were overwhelmingly impressed with the range of activities and work taking place in the city.

They visited drop-in centres Oasis Cardiff in Splott and Trinity Church (just off Newport Road), and heard from staff, volunteers and sanctuary seekers about their experiences of living and working in Cardiff.

Anisa, a refugee from Afghanistan, said "I was forced to flee the war in my own country and it was completely by chance that I ended up in Cardiff. I have lived here for almost three years now, and have had to start from scratch, making friends, learning the language and finding voluntary and now paid work. It's not been easy, but I feel so lucky to have been sent here - I feel safe and able to contribute my part to welcoming others now."

Cardiff is the second city in Wales to receive this status following Swansea in 2010. This makes it the 7th City of Sanctuary in the UK and the only capital.

Vicky Goodban from Oxfam Cymru said: "We are really pleased that Oxfam Cymru are able to support the inclusion and welcome of those seeking sanctuary. In a time when the world has the largest number of displaced people since World War One, the work of communities and organisations in Cardiff is all the more important."

Blog post written by Victoria Goodban

"Sanctuary in Wales" Project Co-ordinator

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