Welcome to the home page of Hull City of Sanctuary.

Hull was declared a City of Sanctuary on 22nd June 2017 in Hull Minster when Hull hosted the UK  National Celebration of World Refugee Day.

Hull City of Sanctuary is an initiative to make Hull a recognised place of welcome and safety for people in need of sanctuary. A “sanctuary” is a safe place, where people can live without the threat of violence or death, which was the reason they fled from their own country. Britain has a long and honourable history of giving sanctuary to refugees, for many centuries.

As the UN Convention puts it, refugees are “outside their own country owing to a well founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion”.

The Hull City of Sanctuary working group has drawn up a draft resolution which any organisation, business, school, college, faith group, or statutory body is invited to adopt, thereby becoming a member of Hull City of Sanctuary.

By joining us, you commit to some action or stance that contributes to the welcoming of asylum seekers and refugees to our city. Many organisations are already doing this – we are not trying to reinvent the wheel, but simply to coordinate and publicise what is done.

Please contact us at [email protected] if you would like to get involved.