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First Bristol Ltd, the bus network operator pledged its support to Bristol City of Sanctuary. The pledge is a bigger boost to the movement ahead of BCoS’s official launch on Wednesday 22 June 2011.

It covers the cities of Bristol and Bath in the North, the coastal resorts of Weston-super-Mare and Minehead in the West, parts of West Wiltshire in the East, and the many picturesque towns and villages of Somerset in the South.
On Wednesday 2nd March 2011 at the City of Sanctuary National Network meeting in Nottingham, 32 people from 10 cities voted unanimously in favour of Bristol being recognised as a City of Sanctuary.

This is recognition of the positive steps made towards making Bristol a more welcoming place for refugees and asylum seekers and fostering a culture of welcome and hospitality within the City’s communities, workplaces and schools. Bristol joins Sheffield, Swansea, Bradford, and Coventry in having received this status.

This followed on from Bristol City Council’s vote to support such recognition on 16 November 2010.

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