Wakefield launched its initiative to become a City of Sanctuary to the Public Sector, on Thursday 17th June 2010, as part of the RASA conference in Refugee Week.

Here is our Mission Statement and our Aims.

Mission Statement
We take pride in welcoming Asylum Seekers and Refugees to our City and District and we offer them every opportunity to share and contribute in the life of our communities.


  • To promote the inclusion and welfare of Refugees and Asylum Seekers, by encouraging Wakefield District to make a public commitment to becoming a place of welcome and safety by adopting the title City of Sanctuary.
  • To encourage and support local comunities and voluntary, community and faith organisations in welcoming and assisting Asylum Seekers and Refugees.
  • To publicise and celebrate the contribution of Asylum Seekers and Refugees to their local communities, to society and culture. Most importantly to challenge hostility and discrimination against them.

We are seeking resolutions of support from organisations and community groups across the district for our goal of being a place of welcome and safety for people in need of sanctuary.

Could your group or organisation sign a pledge such as this?