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Bid for City of Sanctuary status

Wednesday, 7th February, 2018 5:26pm

An event which heard the personal stories of migrants was organised to help Cork become a City of Sanctuary.

Migrants and persons of migrant origin told their stories at an event in Cork City Library on Monday morning.

The Cork City of Sanctuary movement organised the 'Cork City Becoming a City of Sanctuary' information event and art exhibition to raise greater awareness of Cork’s bid to become a City of Sanctuary. It’s also part of UCC Refugee Week 2018 which continues until Friday.

If this bid is successful, Cork city will become a member of Places of Sanctuary Ireland which is a network of groups in towns, cities and local communities which promote the integration, inclusion and welfare of refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants by encouraging practical commitments to making their locality a place of welcome and safety.

Lord Mayor of Cork, Tony Fitzgerald said: “Cork’s city’s bid to become a City of Sanctuary is based on the belief that migrants and persons of migrant origin have a huge amount to offer Irish society.

“We want to ensure that these voices are heard and that their skills and talents are given an opportunity to flourish for their good and for that of Irish society as a whole. My mayoralty has centred upon building a culture of inclusion and inter-culturalism.”

The public also had the opportunity to participate and engage with Maria Wojdylo-Kelly’s art exhibition ‘Language of Life: Language of Humanity. Sanctuary. Set of Web’ which is made up of photography, poetry, performance and interactive activities. It runs at Cork City Library until 17 February.

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