City of Sanctuary

City of Sanctuary

A multi-agency steering committee led by Cork City Council – Social Inclusion Unit, was established at the end of last year, with the aim to work collaboratively towards the achievement of Sanctuary status for our city. Places of Sanctuary Ireland is a network of groups in towns, cities and local communities which share the objectives of promoting the integration, inclusion and welfare of refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants, by encouraging every sector of society to make a practical commitment to becoming places of welcome and safety.

It is also a part of the wider, global – Sanctuary movement (

Click here for further details Poster on City of Sanctuary Charter

Vision for Cork City of Sanctuary Movement:

Short-term: develop and deliver a June 2018 to June 2019 action plan, which will include a research study on needs analysis and profile of migrants and persons of migrant origin and mapping services and gaps of services/initiatives/supports for migrants and persons of migrant origin.

Sub-groups to lead the development and delivery of actions for June 2018 to 2019: Sub-groups to strongly link with research sub-group on the needs and the content of the research study and also to link strongly with the Advocacy sub-group.

Long-Term: Develop Integration Strategy based on evaluation of action plan 2018-2019 and the research study.

In Cork City it has been agreed that thematic sub-groups should be formed in order to:

  1. strategically engage key stakeholders and immigrant representatives
  2. inform about, link with and map actions and projects delivered currently in the city
  3. devise and implement achievable short and long-terms plans (based on asserted needs and identifiable gaps) for actions

For more information contact: Maria Minguella, Social Inclusion Unit Cork City Council E-mail: or Tel: 021-4924061