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Swansea is known as an inclusive and welcoming city with a melting pot of cultures, religions and ethnicities contributing to the city’s vibrant culture. The University mirrors this dedication to proving a nourishing environment for all, including the refugee and asylum seeker population.
Refugee Awareness Week 2021:
For Refugee Week 2021, we have organised a variety of events in partnership with the Student’s Union to raise awareness about this often-marginalised group. Our planned events centre on amplifying the voices of local community members who have sought sanctuary in our city, some of whom are Swansea University students and alumni. The events were open to staff, students and community members alike.
It was a pleasure and a privilege to work with members of Swansea’s asylum seeker and refugee community to raise awareness by giving them space to share their stories. Contributors included Eric Ngalle Charles, a writer, poet and human rights activisit who fled Cameroon and made Wales his home in 1999. We were lucky enough to have Eric host a creative writing workshop on Migration, Memory, Place and Languages.
We also hosted a film screening of The Good Lie on Bay Campus, which was introduced with a talk by Swansea University Alumni, Dr. Mohammed Ben Amer. This was a moving presentation about his family’s experience leaving their home in Libya and seeking asylum in Swansea.
Our final event was a Q&A Zoom discussion with Dr. Mohammed Ben Amer and Ahmed Ali, a refugee who fled conflict in Egypt. After our speakers presented, community members were able to ask sensitive questions, to achieve a greater level of understanding.
Thank you to all our contributors and volunteers, as well as the Student’s Union who helped us organise this important week.
City of Sanctuary
In May 2010, Swansea became the second official City of Sanctuary within the UK, signing up to the national movement committed to building a culture of hospitality for those seeking sanctuary from war and persecution.
As well as encouraging local businesses and organisations to welcome people seeking sanctuaries into their activities, City of Sanctuary also runs the Better Welcome to Swansea mentorship scheme. Volunteers promote integration into the community, building confidence and reducing isolation.