In the United States and Canada, a sanctuary city is a municipality that has adopted a policy of protecting illegal immigrants by not prosecuting them for violating federal immigration laws in the country in which they are now living.
The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.
Canada is a country in the northern half of North America.
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Such a policy can be set out expressly in a law or observed only in practice.
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The term applies generally to cities that do not use municipal funds or resources to enforce national immigration laws, and usually forbid police or municipal employees to inquire about a person's immigration status.
The designation has no precise legal meaning.
In the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, the term refers to a place that is committed to welcoming refugees, asylum seekers and others who are seeking safety.
Ireland, also described as the Republic of Ireland, is a sovereign state in north-western Europe occupying about five-sixths of the island of Ireland.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom or Britain, is a sovereign country in western Europe.
An asylum seeker is a person who flees from one country and applies for asylum, i.e. the right to international protection, in another country.
The movement is spread across over 80 towns, cities and local areas in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
The emphasis is on building bridges of connection and understanding, which is done through awareness raising, befriending schemes and forming cultural connections in the arts, sport, health, education, faith groups and other sectors of society.
Glasgow, Sheffield and Swansea are noted Cities of Sanctuary.
Swansea, officially known as the City and County of Swansea, is a coastal city and county in Wales.
Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland, and 3rd largest in the United Kingdom.
Sheffield is a city and metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire, England.