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Date: 24 Jan 2018 

Time: 10:30am- 1:45 pm

Venue: The Senedd, Cardiff Bay.


Sanctuary in the Senedd
10.30am – 1.45pm Wednesday 24th January 2018


Kindly sponsored by Bethan Jenkins AM

Imagine having to grab your family and run, leaving everything you know and love behind to try to find a safe place and the chance of a new life. This is the plight of 65.6 million people worldwide who have been forcibly displaced from their homes as a result of persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations.  By the time you finish reading this diary marker 20 more people would have been forced to flee – 20 people just like you or me.

It’s also people like you and me, living across Wales that have offered the hand of friendship to the tiny proportion of displaced people seeking sanctuary within our communities. Welsh communities have responded to the ‘refugee crisis’ by opening their hearts and homes to new friends and neighbours, by offering a warm Welsh welcome and setting up co-ordinated support through groups and places of sanctuary. In doing so our lives are enriched beyond measure and we share friendships with some of the most humble, uplifting, inspiring and resilient people you will ever have the fortune to meet.
We want Wales to become the world’s first Nation of Sanctuary – what an idea! A whole country where people seeking sanctuary find people who welcome them, understand why they are here, support them and most important of all, actively include them as participants, volunteers and members, wherever they go.
Join us on 24th January to find out how far Wales has come on its journey towards becoming a Nation of Sanctuary and meet people from across Wales to hear about their experiences and better understand how we can work together to ensure that Wales, as a globally responsible nation, plays a full role in supporting people seeking sanctuary.

We will be in the Senedd from 10:30am-1:45pm with a programme full of discussion and debate. Full details will be provided in due course. Please let us know if you are able to join us.

Date: 24th January 2018
Time: 10:30am – 1.45pm (lunch will be provided)
Location: The Senedd, Cardiff Bay

This event is co-ordinated by the Welsh Refugee Coalition – a coalition of organisations working in Wales with asylum seekers and refugees at all stages of their journey, and with the communities in which they live.