15 June 2015

Brighton & Hove awarded City of Sanctuary

Commenting on receiving the City of Sanctuary award for Brighton & Hove at the start of Refugee Week (15-21 June) Cllr Warren Morgan, Brighton & Hove City Council Leader, said:

“I am proud to accept this award on behalf of the city. Everyone has seen on TV the dreadful plight of refugees, many of them women and children, risking their lives to flee persecution and war around the world.

Brighton & Hove has a strong tradition, built up over decades, of offering a home to people seeking sanctuary. I urge people to go online, pledge their support for Sanctuary on Sea’s vision and think what they can do to make our city an even more welcoming place for people who have made this city their home - in their neighbourhoods, schools, hospitals, businesses or wherever they live and work.

“Our refugee communities have already enriched the city but many still feel isolated here.  It’s very important that no one in the city is excluded from the life of the city. Our One Voice initiative is bringing all faiths in the city together to tackle all forms of racism and intolerance. We want to ensure that everyone that comes here is made to feel welcome so that they can contribute to the diverse life of the city.”

For more information see City of Sanctuary