Syrian asylum seeker to reflect on warm welcome from Norwich at event

PUBLISHED: 08:36 27 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:36 27 January 2018

UEA, University of East Anglia.

UEA, University of East Anglia.


A Syrian asylum seeker is to reflect on the warm welcome she and her husband received when they arrived in Norwich at an event celebrating the city’s inclusivity.

The event next week will be run by the Norwich City of Sanctuary initiative, which was launched in September 2016 with a goal of encouraging businesses, schools, sports groups and other sectors to become places of welcome for refugees and asylum seekers.

Since then, seven schools have become Schools of Sanctuary.

At the event, the University of East Anglia, Franks Bar, North and the Octagon Unitarian Chapel will become the latest to be presented with awards for their work towards the goal.

MORE: Norwich schools the first be given Schools of Sanctuary status

Enana Al-Assaf, who will be speaking at the event, is from Syria but sought asylum in Norwich.

She said: “I’m really looking forward to sharing my experiences of being welcomed in Norwich. My husband and I have been able to rebuild our lives and careers here thanks to the support of the university and organisations like New Routes.

“I hope that more people who come here looking for safety also get the opportunities they need to resettle here and find meaningful work.”

The event will be held from 7.30pm on Tuesday, January 30 at the Norwich Arts Centre, on St Benedict’s Street.

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