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Bristol City Council approve its Refugee and Asylum Seeker Inclusion Strategy

Bristol City Council has approved itsย  refreshed Refugee & Asylum Seeker Inclusion Strategy at a Cabinet on Tues 3rd March.

Recommending the strategy to Cabinet, Deputy Mayor Asher Craig says the strategyโ€™s purpose is to ensure that the City Council fully inhabits its role in leading a City of Sanctuary, by systematically and strategically considering how it can support refugee and asylum seeker inclusion across all its service areas and activities. It also provides a platform for increasing strategic coherence across the corporate body on refugee and asylum seeker issues.

The strategy also establishes a cross-departmental working group to share expertise and best practice from every service area of the Council. Bristol was recognised as a City of Sanctuary in 2010.

In support of the recommendation the Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees says the strategy will help โ€˜us to be proactive and vigilant in making this status real and tangible for asylum seekers and refugees in our city.โ€™

Councillors present in the Cabinet welcomed the strategy and spoke passionately about refugees. You can listen from the contributions here. And a full copy of the strategy can be accessed here.

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