City of Sanctuary

City of Sanctuary is a national movement where local people and communities work together to make their cities a place where new arrivals are welcomed and where they can begin to feel safe from war and persecution.


On 5th June 2014 Cardiff became the seventh UK city to officially be recognised as a ‘City of Sanctuary’.  Under this movement the city of Cardiff is now:

  • Encouraging an acceptance of people’s culture, skills and differences and viewing them as a positive addition to the city of Cardiff.
  • Demonstrating a shared commitment to promoting an environment of sanctuary throughout Cardiff where people feel supported and welcomed.
  • Creating relationships, community cohesion and inclusion.

For more information on Cardiff City of Sanctuary or to sign the Sanctuary Pledge go to Cardiff City of Sanctuary


Swansea became the UK’s second official City of Sanctuary in May 2010. It formally adopted its constitution in February 2012.

Swansea has offered a home to people who have lost their homes and families and wishes to celebrate the welcoming attitudes of Swansea's people and organisations.

The Swansea City of Sanctuary Management Committee invites all organisations, local groups and individuals to join them and help make Swansea proud to be a place of safety. City of Sanctuary support can include community centres, charities, social clubs, schools, local services and businesses, as well as refugee organizations and volunteers. Supporting organisations promise to welcome and include people seeking sanctuary in their activities.

For more information on Swansea City of Sanctuary go to Swansea City of Sanctuary

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