York could seek City of Sanctuary status

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , mark.stead@thepress.co.uk

YORK could launch a bid to join a network of UK cities which pride themselves on providing a warm welcome for refugees and asylum-seekers.

City of York Council’s cabinet is to decide whether to support pursuing City of Sanctuary status, which would see York join a movement designed to create “a culture of hospitality” and places of safety for people fleeing persecution.

Local groups have been set up in 17 towns, cities and boroughs across the country, while Sheffield, Swansea and Bristol have become official Cities of Sanctuary since the movement began in 2005. The cabinet will be asked to back York seeking official recognition next week, with the council pointing to the city’s long history of providing help to those in need.

Coun Sonja Crisp, the council’s cabinet member for leisure, culture and social inclusion, said: “We want York to become a City of Sanctuary, where local people and community groups work together to make our city a place of welcome, safety and security for all those who need to claim sanctuary. Many who make the journey to the UK to escape danger or threats to their lives feel isolated and fearful on their arrival, so this movement is about offering a helping hand. We want to spread the culture of hospitality throughout the whole of the city, so welcome and support can more easily be found by those who need them the most.”

If City of Sanctuary status is granted, the council said it would work “from the ground upwards” and require the support of individual residents as well as community groups, schools, universities, sports clubs, voluntary organisations and other bodies. It said many organisations had already expressed support.

York’s history as a welcoming city includes the role of the York Refugee Committee in finding work, housing and school places for Jewish families fleeing the Holocaust, providing a refuge for Asian families expelled from Uganda and Kenya in the 1970s and 1980s, and housing Balkan refugees in the early 1990s. The council said many of those helped in the past now played “a significant part” in York’s business and commercial circles.

The authority hopes to have official City of Sanctuary status by the end of 2012.

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9:39am Tue 27 Sep 11

osbaldwicklane says...

Are they going to join the council house waiting list , or jump straight to the top Sonja
Are they going to join the council house waiting list , or jump straight to the top Sonja osbaldwicklane
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10:49am Tue 27 Sep 11

meme says...

WHY ?what complete rubbish
Do we want lots of asylum seekers here?
I thought we already had a housing issue and this will make it worse
its political madness gone even madder
WHY ?what complete rubbish Do we want lots of asylum seekers here? I thought we already had a housing issue and this will make it worse its political madness gone even madder meme
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11:15am Tue 27 Sep 11

NoMorePlease says...

A pointless gesture. As much as the sign I would see on the M56 going into Manchester during the early 80's: "a nuclear free zone"
A pointless gesture. As much as the sign I would see on the M56 going into Manchester during the early 80's: "a nuclear free zone" NoMorePlease
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1:18pm Tue 27 Sep 11

Woody Mellor says...

Nice idea! But I can't see the York BNP and Tory voters liking it.
Nice idea! But I can't see the York BNP and Tory voters liking it. Woody Mellor
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1:37pm Tue 27 Sep 11

jaycee says...

Coun Crisp,could you please tell the people of York the premises which you have identified as being available for these people to live.You have been elected to look after the interests of the people of York,first and foremost-please do so .
Coun Crisp,could you please tell the people of York the premises which you have identified as being available for these people to live.You have been elected to look after the interests of the people of York,first and foremost-please do so . jaycee
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1:55pm Tue 27 Sep 11

Terry3 says...

England is being overrun with immigrants and hangers-on and the do-gooders of York want to accelerate the downfall of the people of their city? I would dump the EU, and close the borders, as was suggested in the 1960's but it seems the government is dead set on the destruction of the British people. England for the English.
England is being overrun with immigrants and hangers-on and the do-gooders of York want to accelerate the downfall of the people of their city? I would dump the EU, and close the borders, as was suggested in the 1960's but it seems the government is dead set on the destruction of the British people. England for the English. Terry3
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3:29pm Tue 27 Sep 11

geordie16 says...

Terry3 wrote:
England is being overrun with immigrants and hangers-on and the do-gooders of York want to accelerate the downfall of the people of their city? I would dump the EU, and close the borders, as was suggested in the 1960's but it seems the government is dead set on the destruction of the British people. England for the English.
totally agree terry,how about looking after york residents first and who's going to pay?typical of labour.
[quote][p][bold]Terry3[/bold] wrote: England is being overrun with immigrants and hangers-on and the do-gooders of York want to accelerate the downfall of the people of their city? I would dump the EU, and close the borders, as was suggested in the 1960's but it seems the government is dead set on the destruction of the British people. England for the English.[/p][/quote]totally agree terry,how about looking after york residents first and who's going to pay?typical of labour. geordie16
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5:32pm Tue 27 Sep 11

Caecilius says...

"Many who make the journey to the UK" pass through numerous other safe countries on the way, where they could stop if their main aim really was "to escape danger". But they keep right on going, because they know we're a soft touch. I've witnessed a group of migrants clambering down the side of the railway cutting at the French end of the Channel Tunnel. It wasn't because they wanted "to escape danger" in France; it was because they wanted all the benefits they thought they could get in England.

Coun Crisp, I've lived in a city which found itself faced with a large influx of foreigners who had no intention of fitting in. Trust me, you wouldn't like the results.
"Many who make the journey to the UK" pass through numerous other safe countries on the way, where they could stop if their main aim really was "to escape danger". But they keep right on going, because they know we're a soft touch. I've witnessed a group of migrants clambering down the side of the railway cutting at the French end of the Channel Tunnel. It wasn't because they wanted "to escape danger" in France; it was because they wanted all the benefits they thought they could get in England. Coun Crisp, I've lived in a city which found itself faced with a large influx of foreigners who had no intention of fitting in. Trust me, you wouldn't like the results. Caecilius
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5:34pm Tue 27 Sep 11

b17bomber says...

NO NO NO NO NO, I do not want this to happen it is a definite NOOOOOOOOOOOO, 1 billion %
NO NO NO NO NO, I do not want this to happen it is a definite NOOOOOOOOOOOO, 1 billion % b17bomber
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12:05pm Wed 28 Sep 11

Baron Munchausen says...

perhaps Councillor Crisp should ask other peoples opinions before offering York up for such a 'Status'

So then Red Sonja have you offered your spare room to the first few?
No I doubt it.

F&ck em! Send them back, not wanted here.
Its all about economic migrancy, not people escaping from danger, if that was the case they would not be coming to the UK.
Perhaps if the prospective influx of people knew you would be taxed beyond all reasonable levels and have to put up with greedy/bent/insane policitians they would not bother.... or perhaps they do not care as they will be on our benefit system, draining it further.
Labour are as much of a joke as the rest of them.
Bring back Guy Fawkes, but this time hope he succedes!
perhaps Councillor Crisp should ask other peoples opinions before offering York up for such a 'Status' So then Red Sonja have you offered your spare room to the first few? No I doubt it. F&ck em! Send them back, not wanted here. Its all about economic migrancy, not people escaping from danger, if that was the case they would not be coming to the UK. Perhaps if the prospective influx of people knew you would be taxed beyond all reasonable levels and have to put up with greedy/bent/insane policitians they would not bother.... or perhaps they do not care as they will be on our benefit system, draining it further. Labour are as much of a joke as the rest of them. Bring back Guy Fawkes, but this time hope he succedes! Baron Munchausen
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1:03pm Wed 28 Sep 11

jorvik says...

Caecilius wrote:
"Many who make the journey to the UK" pass through numerous other safe countries on the way, where they could stop if their main aim really was "to escape danger". But they keep right on going, because they know we're a soft touch. I've witnessed a group of migrants clambering down the side of the railway cutting at the French end of the Channel Tunnel. It wasn't because they wanted "to escape danger" in France; it was because they wanted all the benefits they thought they could get in England.

Coun Crisp, I've lived in a city which found itself faced with a large influx of foreigners who had no intention of fitting in. Trust me, you wouldn't like the results.
I Doubt very much that sonja crisp will listen to the residents of York.Whilst her comrades are apologizing for labours disastrous mass immigration policies at the labour party conference she will try to ram this through.As has been stated in many posts above the so called asylum seekers have traveled over continents through many safe countries in Europe(and spent thousands of $$$ paying corrupt immigration officials/police) to get to the UK for the benefits not to escape persecution.Isn't there a huge housing shortfall already???but i'm sure crisp and her comrades will carry on regardless with this and screw the residents
[quote][p][bold]Caecilius[/bold] wrote: "Many who make the journey to the UK" pass through numerous other safe countries on the way, where they could stop if their main aim really was "to escape danger". But they keep right on going, because they know we're a soft touch. I've witnessed a group of migrants clambering down the side of the railway cutting at the French end of the Channel Tunnel. It wasn't because they wanted "to escape danger" in France; it was because they wanted all the benefits they thought they could get in England. Coun Crisp, I've lived in a city which found itself faced with a large influx of foreigners who had no intention of fitting in. Trust me, you wouldn't like the results.[/p][/quote]I Doubt very much that sonja crisp will listen to the residents of York.Whilst her comrades are apologizing for labours disastrous mass immigration policies at the labour party conference she will try to ram this through.As has been stated in many posts above the so called asylum seekers have traveled over continents through many safe countries in Europe(and spent thousands of $$$ paying corrupt immigration officials/police) to get to the UK for the benefits not to escape persecution.Isn't there a huge housing shortfall already???but i'm sure crisp and her comrades will carry on regardless with this and screw the residents jorvik
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3:08pm Wed 28 Sep 11

Terry3 says...

I probably should not say this, but I am going to anyway.
I am an old man now, and remember well when England was English. It seems to me that in the past few centuries we were never beaten in a war, the enemy never took this great country, but the politicians, traitors in the most part, have given the country away, and the English in a few more generations will cease to exist. The true Anglo-Saxon will be gone for ever, bred out of existence. It makes me glad that I am old.
I probably should not say this, but I am going to anyway. I am an old man now, and remember well when England was English. It seems to me that in the past few centuries we were never beaten in a war, the enemy never took this great country, but the politicians, traitors in the most part, have given the country away, and the English in a few more generations will cease to exist. The true Anglo-Saxon will be gone for ever, bred out of existence. It makes me glad that I am old. Terry3
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10:15pm Thu 6 Oct 11

Thorn in my side says...

This is ludicrous and a recipe for problems, racial tension and resentment.
This city cannot house those that are here already and the waiting list is growing.
Sonja Crisp should first of all speak to her colleage Coun Simpson-Laing, and ask her where the homes are coming from to house all the asylum seekers who will flock here in droves ?
It's this type of blinkered political thinking that has created the overcrowding we have already through uncontrolled mass immigration of a scale that the country cannot afford. We should look after our own - charity begins at home. THEY ARE NOT WELCOME HERE !”
This is ludicrous and a recipe for problems, racial tension and resentment. This city cannot house those that are here already and the waiting list is growing. Sonja Crisp should first of all speak to her colleage Coun Simpson-Laing, and ask her where the homes are coming from to house all the asylum seekers who will flock here in droves ? It's this type of blinkered political thinking that has created the overcrowding we have already through uncontrolled mass immigration of a scale that the country cannot afford. We should look after our own - charity begins at home. THEY ARE NOT WELCOME HERE !” Thorn in my side
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