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Welcome to Bradford City of Sanctuary

Bradford City of Sanctuary works to build a culture of welcome for people seeking sanctuary.

We are part of a rapidly growing national movement of over 100 sanctuary groups. In 2010, Bradford was one of the first places in the UK to be formally recognised as a ‘City of Sanctuary’.

Our vision is a city where people seeking sanctuary are not only welcomed and included but recognised for the valuable contribution they make to our community.

Our work is informed by our Advisory Group of people with lived experience of being refugees and sanctuary seekers. We work through partnerships with statutory, voluntary, business and community groups to create, facilitate and support networks across the city.

We are funded by a handful of trusts and a generous body of donors.










New to Bradford? Find the information you need to make a confident start in the city.


We are part of the Together with Refugees Coalition


This excellent video explains Bradford’s history of peace activism and the range of projects and organisations that seek to support sanctuary seekers.