In December 2018 we celebrated 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights  Article 14 states – “Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.”  Read the illustrated version of the full Declaration HERE .


If you missed the February 2018 Training Event, “A User-friendly Guide to the Asylum Process, Appeals and Fresh Claims”,  Information can be found online:  The Asylum Process at , Appeals at , and Fresh Claims at . These may not be up-to-date, and there are other guides available. Your legal advisor should have reliable up-to-date information.

A Special Edition of the local Wolverhampton magazine “Collectivism“,
devoted to Wolverhampton City of Sanctuary and agencies working alongside asylum seekers and refugees,
is available at .

National Conversation LOGOThe “National Conversation on Immigration” visited Wolverhampton on Thursday July 6th, 2017. Click HERE to read a report on the event, and HERE to read the Interim Report on the whole national tour, including a summary of the views of Wolverhampton people (page 72). Wolverhampton City of Sanctuary were represented, among other organisations which we work with.

EMPTY NEW FLAT OR HOUSE? – For people needing to furnish new accommodation when they get their refugee status and have to leave G4S accommodation, your website administrator has put together a list of sources of second-hand furniture.  In cases of severe hardship, we may be able to arrange for supply free-of-charge or at very low cost.  CLICK HERE for Version 5.


For those who like numbers:

Click to see Numbers of Asylum Seekers in the West Midlands Region on Section 95 support – June 2017.
It shows how Home Office accommodation is concentrated in particular areas, and that as well as in those areas, there are ten other (nicer?) areas where people on Subsistence Only have arranged their own accommodation, possibly with relatives or close friends.

Click to see Numbers of Syrians resettled in the West Midlands, Sept 2015 – June 2017 (SVPR scheme).
There are many in Birmingham and Coventry (very few in Wolverhampton), but substantial numbers in areas such as Shropshire and Herefordshire which have not normally housed asylum seekers.


The April 2017 report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees, “Refugees Welcome? “, is available HERE . It highlights many of the issues which we have experienced locally. It might suggest matters to raise with your new or re-elected MP. If you can read it all, award yourself a GCSE in Refugee Resettlement Studies.


Link to RMC Centre websiteWe congratulate our local Refugee and Migrant Centre on being named as Charity of the Year by the Guardian newspaper. CLICK HERE to read the Press Release. CLICK HERE for the video.
30 new arrivals a week, and 60 or 70 existing clients every day.
CLICK HERE for some of the ways you can help the Wolverhampton-based Refugee and Migrant Centre of the Black Country.


The original readable Wolverhampton City of Sanctuary Constitution (as amended at the 2017 AGM on 11th January 2017).  [Click to read, or right-click and “save target as / link as” to download a copy].

The new “Charitable Incorporated Organisation” Wolverhampton City of Sanctuary Constitution (dated 27th November 2017).  All 18 pages of it!  [Click to read, or right-click and “save target as / link as” to download a copy].


“From Us to You”  is a new 3-minute film aimed to let women seeking asylum know their rights before their asylum interviews – .

Introduction to the British National Health Service  in 43 languages! – CLICK HERE .

Life LogoFor Asylum-Seeker and Refugee Parents: The Life Pregnancy Matters Centre at 12 Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton Town Centre, WV1 1DG  (01902-420083)  is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and may be able to provide items for babies and children, including push-chairs, cots and clothing, free.  It can be accessed via the Life Charity Shop on the ground floor.  They would welcome donations of baby equipment and items which can be sold in the shop.  Collection of large items can be arranged (01902-420656).  Email: [email protected] .

Unaccompanied Child Refugees – BBC Womans Hour, February 2016.  Click Here to listen (17 minutes).  “The experiences of unaccompanied child refugees – we speak to a child asylum seeker and his foster mother.  Kirsty McNeill of Save the Children talks to Jane about the growing problem of unaccompanied child migrants”.


Link to PDF documentGetting English Language Lessons makes a big difference to asylum seekers and refugees, but isn’t easy when you have no money to spare.  Your website manager (who accepts responsibility for any inaccuracies)  has attempted to list the conditions for some people to get free College Courses, and the places where free or low cost English Lessons may be available to others.  CLICK HERE to see version 9.

Resources for Teaching English (links via the national City of Sanctuary website) – .  Note that some of the links listed no longer connect.

Free ESOL classes Aladdin’s Education at Park Village Education Centre, Cannock Rd, Wolverhampton, WV10 0RA, have set up free ESOL classes on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:45 am to 1:15 pm. The main focus is Entry Level 1 to Entry level 3. If you require additional free support with English, turn up on Thursday morning for registration. Click HERE for map.

The “Wider Midlands and Eastern Regional Conference” took place at the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre on Friday 20th May, 2016.  Click HERE to read a very informative summary written by two of the people attending from Wolverhampton.  Click HERE to read a Summary by Northampton participants.

Asylum Seekers and the Church  A briefing paper produced in the Black Country.  Please Right-Click Here and “save target as / link as” to download.

If you or your organisation would like to sign our Resolution of Support, please Right-Click Here and “save target as / link as” to download a form to print.

The Immigration Bill received Royal Assent on May 12th and became The Immigration Act 2016.
Link to Electronic Immigration Network briefing.
Link to Refugee Council briefing.

For Message from Pope Francis for World Day of Migrants and Refugees (Sunday January 17th, 2016), CLICK HERE.

Seeking Refuge (BBC video)
Five real-life stories about young people fleeing their homelands to live in the UK, told by the children themselves. These films combine engaging testimony with rich animation and give a unique insight into the lives of young people who have sought asylum in the UK. Each of the films powerfully communicates the collective struggles and hopes of these young people and the issues they face adjusting to life in the UK.

The series explores themes including immigration, persecution, separation and alienation and aims to help educate students at Key Stage 2 and 3. However young people and adults of all ages can enjoy these films.


5-minute video “The Destitution Trap”

Powerful short film featuring destitute refused asylum seekers talking about the devastating impact destitution has had on their lives, and their fears of returning home. For more info about what you can do to help go to


40-minute radio play “The Asylum Dialogues”


The Sanctuary Summit 2014 was an unprecedented gathering of refugees, migrants, advocates and supporters from more than 100 civil society organisations across Britain who voted unanimously to work to stop the tide of negativity facing those who come to our shores.  400 participants at the first ever national ‘Sanctuary Summit’ in Birmingham declared they could no longer watch in silence as thousands are left to drown while fleeing for their lives, and others find themselves warehoused in refugee camps, barred from travelling to safety in the West.
Click Here to read the text of the Birmingham Declaration.
Click Here to see who has signed it.

Quotation from Gene Robinson


Art Installation at Dismaland, Weston-Super-Mare

Art Installation at Dismaland, Weston-Super-Mare

The Moral Maze – Mediterranean migrants.
On BBC Radio 4 on June 10th, 2015, Michael Buerk and guests explored what our moral duty is to Mediterranean migrants.  [43 minutes, Stereo].
Download mp3 Podcast (Right Click Here & “save target as / link as”). [40 Mb].


Photo of Book CoverPhoto of Book CoverWolverhampton Libraries have many true stories of life as a refugee, as well as Studies of the issues. Click HERE to see them in the online catalogue.

Picture of Book CoverFor Children’s Fiction and Adult Fiction featuring life as a refugee, click HERE.





Recommended Non-Fiction:
Antigona & Me” by Kate Clanchy.
Outcasts United” by Warren St John.
Strength in What Remains” by Tracy Kidder.

Recommended Fiction:
The Cellist of Sarajevo” by Steven Galloway.
The Last Tram” by Nedim Gursel.
The Other Hand” by Chris Cleave.
The Registrar’s Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages” by Sophie Hardach.
This is Where I Am” by Karen Campbell.


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