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Experience living in Limbo with VR

A new Virtual Reality (VR) video produced by The Guardian gives an insight into the life of someone stuck in limbo whilst they seek asylum. You can watch the video above straighforwardly, or if you have a smartphone and a VR headset, really get inside the world of a refugee. The film-makers say: “The piece […]

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What does Our Shared Future mean to you?

As we near the end of Refugee Week 2017, it’s time to start looking forward to the future, and how we can build welcoming communities. Refugee Week have produced this short video featuring a whole range of ideas about what ‘Our Shared Future’ means. Why not check out the video, and then add your thoughts: […]

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Our Shared Future: lots of events in Brum

Photo: Joris Louwes

Photo: Joris Louwes CC 2.0 BY 16th – 18th June 2017 is the Great Get Together, followed by Refugee Week 19th-25th June. The Great Get Together has been started in memory of Jo Cox, in the spirit of her quote “we have more in common than that which divides us.”  Refugee Week has ben runing […]

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Coming soon: Our Shared Future

Photo: Elliot Brown CC-BY-2.0. Refugees are fleeing from danger in their home country and come to Britain to ask for safety.  Sadly, they face a ‘hostile environment’ from those in power.  Whatever the outcome of today’s election, it’s important that we show love, compassion and reconcilliation in our communities. Let’s show that Brum is a […]

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Refugee Week 2016

Refugee Week kicks off in Birmingham tomorrow (Sat 18th June) and runs right through to 2nd July. It aims to welcome refugees and asylum seekers into our community, and celebrate the wonderful contribution they make. Celebrating Sanctuary have organised a programme of events: Saturday 18th June – The festival kicks off for Refugee Week with the […]

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Birmingham Declared a City of Sanctuary

Birmingham has today officially been declared a City of Sanctuary: making an official commitment to be a place of welcome to refugees & asylum seekers. According to the Birmingham Mail, the formal ceremony took place at 11am on Friday 4th December at Birmingham’s Town Hall.  Councillor Shafiq Shah officially made a commitment to make Birmingham […]

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Keep taking action for Refugees & Asylum Seekers

Refugee Week is over, but there are still plenty of opportunities to celebrate the contribution that refugees make, and take action to make Brum a welcoming city. Our ‘Be the Friendly Face of Brum’ theme continues for another two weeks – so you’ve got plenty of time to pop in, take our Big Asylum Quiz, […]

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Seeking safety across the treacherous Mediterranean

Asylum has hit the headlines in recent months, due to the tragic deaths of people trying to cross the Mediterranean in search of safety. This follows decisions by the European Union to scale back search-and-rescue operations for people caught in treacherous conditions, trying to make this crossing.  The justification for stopping this humanitarian service, is […]

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The floodgates are open…or are they?

In the second of his artcles looking at asylum & refugee issues, our volunteer Richard looks behind the headlines, to find the true facts & figures. “The last few years have seen major conflict and humanitarian crises take place across the world, from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan to the Central African Republic and Darfur. As […]

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Asylum: We need to debate using facts, not fiction

Over the coming weeks Richard, one of our volunteers, will be uncovering the facts about asylum seekers & refugees.  Today he explores why it’s so important to understand what’s really going on: “Martin Luther King once said that “a great nation is a compassionate nation”.  A poll conducted by YouGov in June 2014 suggests the […]

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