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Dear <<First Name>>, 

Welcome back after the Summer break! Thank you to everyone who participated in or came down to support our Pride walk at Brighton's Pride parade last month - we were so pleased to see so much support along the way.  

Could you take a moment to please sign a petition by the Refugee Council requesting London Mayor Sajid Javid ensure fairer treatment of families seeking sanctuary in the UK - Sign here. 

City of Sanctuary are also calling for entries for their Stories of Welcome Media Competition and the top three will receive a cash prize to invest in a local sanctuary project! See below for more information.

We try to flag up any refugee, asylum, or migration-related event going on in the city on our Facebook page, as well as in this newsletter. If you would like us to promote your event, just drop us a line at 

Don’t forget you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. 
Latest news from Brighton and Hove

Brighton Pride 2018 

Once again the city of Brighton & Hove came together in support of its LGBTQ+ community and all forms of diversity, and record numbers joined this year's parade with estimates that 450,000 turned up in support! Sanctuary on Sea was represented alongside our partners at Hummingbird to show solidarity from and with the refugee and migrant community.  The organisers generously distributed 100 free tickets to the official Pride festival in Preston Park to refugee families.

SEAS exhibition at Brighton Jubilee

In August, the Euro-Mediteranean Resources Network, NoHate Speech Movement UK and Brighton's Jubilee library collaborated with international artist Gil Mualem-Doron to create an exhibition 'Protesting for Diversity'. Protesting for Diversity is an online campaign for cultural diversity, created in response to the huge rise in hate speech and hate crimes across the UK, and the derision politicians level at the importance of cultural diversity. The exhibition at the Jubilee Library also included The New Union Flag project, previously exhibited at galleries such as the Tate Modern, the South Bank Centre, Turner Contemporary, and the People’s History Museum. Read more about Gil’s work here:
Upcoming events in and around Brighton and Hove
Dreams of Disguise, 17-23 Sep
Artist Irene Fubara-Manuel brings her unique installation to ONCA Brighton, exploring a 'traversal of the virtual border and the racialized biometric technologies in which this space exists'. With support from Arts Council England, Dreams of Disguise blurs documentary truth and science fiction to reveal the extensive surveillance of migrants, the violence inherent in this practice and the desire for opacity. Two events will take place in September: a launch on the 19th, featuring an artist talk from Imani Robinson on 'Blackness, Surveillance and Resistance', and poetry from Akila Richards.

On September 22nd (1-4pm) a workshop will engage people with 3D software in a 'radical imagination of virtual spaces that symbolise the participant's dreams and memories of disguise'. Tickets are free but places are very limited and need to be reserved via eventbrite - tickets available here and more information about the project here:
Dystopia by SEAS, beginning 29 September  

The Socially Engaged Art Salon (SEAS) will bring another exhibition alongside a series of events to Brighton from September 29 through October 13. Brexit, segregation, the Arab Spring, Palestine, Refugees, the housing crisis, de-industrialisation, austerity are just some of the themes explored in the exhibition by photographers from Brighton and from around the world. See more about the event on the Facebook page here.
Maya Youssef at Ropetackle Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea, 23 Sep
Maya Youssef left Syria when war broke out in 2011 and now tours the globe with her incredible perfomance on the 78-string zither, an instrument at the heart of traditional Arabic music. Now based in the UK, Youssef's debut album was highly praised when it was released last November. Speaking about music and its power for healing, she sees the act of playing music 'as the opposite of death; it is a life and hope-affirming act. To me music is a healer and an antidote to what is happening, not only in Syria, but across the whole world. I like to think that my music brings people back to humanity and to their heart centres'. Tickets are available here .
Winter Warmer, Unitarian Church Brighton, 23 Nov 
Brighton's top international musicians are coming together again to perform at the annual Winter Warmer concert. This is a fundraiser to support various projects both here and across the globe, including a school in Sudan, Café Maté Intercultural Social Club in Brighton and Bright Hun Voices Hungarian Choir.Tickets £8 in advance or £10 on the door. Get yours here: All online purchases will receive a free download of music from the concert.
International Social Club, starting 18 Sept.
Come and join in the first of the Maté Café social events! Hosted by the Cowley Club Brighton, all welcome. Several events will be taking place throughout September, including:

- Tuesday 18th September, Percussion workshop
- Saturday September 22nd, Maté Tea & music & chat (with Cowley Club Jumble sale)
- Saturday October 6th, Maté Tea & music & chat (with Cowley Club Jumble sale)
Call for entries - Stories of Welcome

City of Sanctuary have recently launched their Stories of Welcome Media Competition and anyone with a story to tell about their local community welcoming sanctuary seekers into their towns, cities, villages, places and regions is encouraged to apply. The City of Sanctuary network is working hard nationally to create welcoming places - they want to hear your success stories!

The three winning entries will win a cash prize to invest in your local group’s communications work – 1st prize £500, 2nd prize £150 and 3rd prize £100.  Shortlisted stories will be displayed at Sanctuary in Parliament event, and we will invite your local MP to come along to receive the award together with the group’s representatives. The top three stories will also be included in the commissioned ‘Stories of Sanctuary’ book which will be published towards the end of the year.

The winning entry will also receive tailored support from IMiX to develop and share their story through social and traditional media.

Entries are open from 20th of August and closing date is 10th October 2018. Sanctuary on Sea are allowed up to three entries: if you would like yours to be one of them get in touch with us at   See more details here:   Good luck! 

Q2 2018 Asylum Stats 

The Q2 Asylum statistics for 2018 have been released. our partners at AsylumMatters have noted that:
- In Q2 of 2018 there were 6,584 asylum applications, compared to 6,713 in Q1

-  In the last year (2017 Q3 – 2018 Q2) there were 27,044 asylum applications, compared to 27,428 in the previous year (2016 Q3 – 2017 Q2). This represents a return to levels seen before the European migration "crisis" in 2015. 

- The nationalities with the largest numbers of asylum applications in the year ending June 2018 were: Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan, Albania and Eritrea. 

-  In the year ending June 2018, the number of applications from Syrian nationals fell 21% compared with the previous year (from 784 to 623);

-        There were 22,676 cases pending initial decision at the end of Q2 2018, of which 47% (10,707) were more than 6 months old.

See the data in full here
Windrush Lessons Learned Review

The Home Secretary Sajid Javid has commissioned a 'lessons learned review' into the events leading up to Windrush “to make sure crucial lessons were identified and learned as quickly as possible, to prevent something like this happening again.” The review would like to hear from as many people as possible who can offer an insight into what happened and in addition to Home Office staff and people directly affected. They are looking to hear from those with knowledge of the immigration system such as immigration advisors and lawyers, academic institutions, NGOs and any others involved.

Even for those who have not worked directly with members of the Windrush generation, the review is an opportunity to share your thoughts on the impact of the Government’s "compliant environment" policies (formerly known as "hostile environment") on people going through the immigration and asylum system, on public servants and service-providers who have been forced to act as border guards, and on our communities and society as a whole. The deadline for responses is 19 October 2018, and you can find more details about the review here.
Petition for fairer refugee treatment

The Refugee Council asks you to sign the petition requesting that the London Mayor Sajid Javid ensure fairer treatment of refugee families arriving in Britain. The UK Government’s restrictive and unfair rules prevent refugees from being reunited with many family members - anyone other than their partners or children under 18. The UK is one of only two countries in the EU that bans child refugees who arrive in the UK alone from bringing any relatives to join them, even their parents. Read more and sign below.
Sign here
National News and Updates From Our Network

Stories of Sanctuary
Stories of Sanctuary brings together migrant stories of past and present in the area of County Durham. Singer-songwriter Sam Slatcher has facilitated workshops throughout June and July to write and sing songs about seeking refuge, and with funding supplied by the Arts Council, no less than ten new songs about have been written and recorded throughout the project.

Migrants with no previous experience of professional music recording have taken part, including sisters Hasna and Sabah Hassoun who sing of their experiences in Syria. The project has also had the privilege of bringing on board Brighton-based Raghad Haddad, viola player from the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra, who will feature on the upcoming Stories of Sanctuary album, due to be released in October. 

The final musical performance will take place on October 19 at Durham Cathedral. For more information on the project and details about the event and album visit:

NAACOM Annual Conference - 25th September
Tickets are now on sale for NAACOM's Annual Conference and AGM on 25th September at the Carrs Lane conference centre, Birmingham. This year's theme is 'pathways out of destitution and the event will feature personal stories, interactive workshops and networking opportunities to develop appropriate responses to destitution among those with NRPF and refugees. Member and non-member organisations welcome. For the full programme and tickets for the event click here. 

ABC meeting at SOAS, Sep 16
An open meeting will be held at SOAS, London, for anyone interested in becoming involved with the charity Against Borders for Children. It will take place on: 16 September 2-5pm Room S209 Senate House, SOAS. 

Save the Date - Sanctuary in Parliament November 12th
Sanctuary in parliament will be held on 12th November. The theme is a fairer asylum system and the key demands will focus on permission to work, time limits on detention and extended family reunion. All issues are potential wins in the next Immigration Bill and we hope to engage with as many MPs as possible. Sanctuary seekers are invited to attend, please inform your MP, and look out for more information coming throughout September. Please get in touch with us at Sanctuary on Sea if you would like to join our delegation. We would particularly like to hear from people with personal experience of the three issues being highlighted (being unable to work as an asylum seeker, detention or being separated from family). 

Directory of Services

Finally, we'd like to remind everyone that the Directory of Services available to refugees and migrants in Brighton and Hove is online and updated monthly.

This directory lists organisations which offer support to, or are advocating on behalf of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. It also lists organisations which offer specific services of interest to refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, as well as a small number of refugee- and migrant-led organisations. Please read and share as widely as you can. Please let us know if you would like your service to be included in the directory, or if your existing entry needs updating.
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