YORK has been awarded “City of Sanctuary” status in recognition of its efforts to offer shelter and safety to those in need.

It joins towns and cities across the country in a national network of places that are aiming to build a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for refugees seeking refuge from war and persecution.

The York City of Sanctuary is a movement formed by over 80 organisations, voluntary groups, faith communities, schools, businesses, and retail outlets. The group works in several ways with the aim of promoting an environment of understanding and compassion within the city.

This can be done through talks and discussions with institutions and education establishments.

The group also works with individual refugees or asylum seekers who for whatever reason find themselves in York and are unable to return to their countries of origin.

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Cllr Keith Aspden, deputy leader of City of York Council, said: “I’m delighted to receive the City of Sanctuary award on behalf of the city. The award is testament to the time and effort that has been given by people working to receive this accreditation.

"It also goes to show that York is an open and welcoming city to everyone and especially those seeking sanctuary.”