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On Thursday 11 May the first Oxford Sanctuary Fair will be held at Oxford Town Hall.

Image of the Sanctuary Fair programme - see webpage for detailsThis free, all-day drop-in event aims to connect refugees, students and the local community.

A collaborative event hosted by Asylum Welcome, the Refugee Studies Centre, and Oxford City Council, the Fair is open to everyone and provides an opportunity to learn more about refugee issues and how we can all make a difference. 

It will include panel discussions and interactive workshops featuring students, academics, activists, politicians, community leaders, and influencers, many of whom have experienced displacement first-hand. Stalls from community organisations will give you a chance to meet those who are making a difference on the front line, and to find volunteering opportunities and practical actions to support refugees and asylum seekers in Oxford and beyond.

The University of Oxford has recently applied to be recognised as a University of Sanctuary. In this article, Professor Alexander Betts (RSC Director) discusses how the University is striving to create a community of welcome for refugees.

Find out more about Oxford as a Community of Sanctuary here.

If you would like to register your attendance at the Sanctuary Fair, you can do so here via Eventbrite.

Find out more about Access to Oxford Town Hall.

Download the final programme here