Migrants, including asylum seekers and refugees, will continue to be welcomed in Oxfordshire, following the county council's reaffirmation of its sanctuary status.

In November, council members passed a motion maintaining their pride in their history of providing refuge to those seeking safety abroad.

Councillor Liz Leffman, leader of Oxfordshire County Council, has reiterated this pledge, signing an agreement to combat anti-refugee laws on behalf of the council.

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She said: "Our ambition in Oxfordshire is to support a refugee and asylum system that ensures a warm welcome for all new arrivals and embraces and supports independent living for those staying in the county.

"Oxfordshire is enhanced by the contribution of a range of diverse communities living here and we are committed to playing our part in the overall national and international challenge.

"To that end, Oxfordshire County Council is looking to become a recognised Council of Sanctuary."

Through schemes including Homes for Ukraine, Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme, the UK Resettlement Scheme and Hong Kong (British National Overseas), the Oxfordshire Migration Partnership is already helping numerous individuals.

Joining the City of Sanctuary Local Authority Network will provide a structure for shaping the council's future plans.

Councillor Leffman added: "We want to ensure that we can continue to provide a safe haven for vulnerable people, especially young people and children.

"That’s why I have also written to the home secretary to reaffirm our stance on supporting asylum seekers here in Oxfordshire."