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On 17th May 2010 Swansea became the UK’s 2nd (and Wales’ 1st) official ‘City of Sanctuary’, meeting all of the criteria set by the national City of Sanctuary network for this prestigious status.

Over the last two years Swansea’s City of Sanctuary initiative has gathered the support of 105 local organisations, including faith communities, small businesses, South Wales Police and South Wales Evening Post. The City and Council of Swansea also passed a unanimous resolution of support for the bid, and is working with the local City of Sanctuary group on ways to implement this throughout local government.

The decision to grant Swansea official recognition as a City of Sanctuary was made at a national meeting of representatives from City of Sanctuary initiatives around the UK on Monday 17th May.

We will have a major launch and celebration event in Swansea on 21st June.

See South Wales Evening Post article.