The Cork City of Sanctuary action plan was officially launched on Friday March 29th in the Millenium Hall of Cork’s City Hall where Minister for Justice David Stanton and Cork's Mayor Mick Finn gave keynote speeches.
The Cork City of Sanctuary (COS) movement is a movement committed to turning Cork into a place of sanctuary for "Asylum Seekers and Migrants and persons of migrant origin" and to ensure that local government, public bodies, state agencies, community and voluntary organisations across the city sign a resolution of support for the vision and principles of Cork City of Sanctuary, and actively seek ways to implement and promote the vision...
From Cork City Council Website .. "The Cork City of Sanctuary Movement is a member of the Places of Sanctuary Ireland and it is comprised of all the stakeholders in the city which support or provide services to migrants or people of migrant origin and this includes many city agencies, organisations, community groups and particularly community representatives. The Cork City of Sanctuary Movement has developed a very inclusive and empowering model, where we actively encourage involvement of new communities. At the moment Cork City of Sanctuary Movement is putting together a plan of actions for 2018/2019. A Working Group and number of sub-groups, which are led by the different stakeholders, are leading these actions. The sub-groups are on Primary and Secondary Schools, Advocacy, Women, Further and Third Level Education, Arts and Culture, Research, Media and Communications, and others are emerging. Actions include, for example, the development of a primary school resource pack for Schools of Sanctuary or advocacy support to Asylum Seekers and Refugees, or workshops and events, such as one on ‘Engaging Migrants in Politics".
The Cork City of Sanctuary movement is a multi-stakeholder project which will be operated on a collaborative basis as part of Pure Cork, the Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP) and of the function of the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC).A long-term working group will meet a monthly basis comprising representatives from multi-sector organisations, from across the city. The working group will oversee the progress of the application and overall execution of the City of Sanctuary work.Representatives from the following organisations must sit on the Working Group:Cork City Council Social Inclusion Unit , Migrants and Person of Migrant Origin , City Libraries, Health Services Executive, Cork City Partnership , Cork City Public Participation Network, An Garda Síochána , University College Cork , Cork Institute of Technology , Education and Training Board , Community Education providers , Migrant support and advocacy organisations .