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Sanctuary in Politics Course 2018

January 29, 2018


Are you a refugee, asylum seeker or migrant to Ireland and would you like to

• Learn how to speak in public, raise awareness and tell your story?

• Find out how politics works in Ireland?

• Get your voice heard by the decision-makers?

• Learn how to work with the media?

• Know more about lobbying and campaigns?

• Make new friends from all over the world?


Places of Sanctuary will host its annual 'Sanctuary in Politics' course, beginning in February 2018. This course brings together asylum seekers, refugees and migrants to explore Ireland's political system and media and so develop the skills the students need to engage with them. An account of previous session of the course can be found here.


The Sanctuary in Politics course, now in its third year, will give you an introduction to public speaking, Irish politics, working with the media, social campaigning and related topics. It is free of charge to all participants. Tea, coffee and sandwich lunch will be provided.

The course will take place in Trinity College Dublin on the following Saturdays from 10.30am to 3pm:


17 February- Introduction to the course, teaching sessions on public speaking, awareness raising and confidence building


3 March – Introduction to Irish politics and how to get involved


24 March – A conference on Promoting Political Participation for Migrants


7 April – Working with the media


21 April – Campaigning and using your voice effectively across society


You must be able to attend on these dates and be willing to complete assignments. Mentors will be on hand to help you. All successful students completing the course will receive a certificate.




Please send your name and contact details including mobile phone number and write a short letter (Max 500 words) explaining why you would like to attend the course.  Please use this letter to describe your interest in the topics and how you would like to use the learning.


Places on this very popular course are limited, so a well written application is highly recommended.

You are advised to apply well before the 5th February deadline.


Applications should be sent by email to



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