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University of Sanctuary

Dublin City University’s designation as Ireland’s first ‘University of Sanctuary’ is a point of great pride for a university community that has long been committed to transforming lives and societies. The refugee crisis in Europe of recent years has posed serious challenges in terms of the role and response of a modern, engaged, European university....
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A Second Chance in Life – Sisa’s Story

Sisa Bhebhe came to Ireland from Zimbabwe in 2013 as an asylum seeker. In September 2018, Sisa was able to commence a degree in Accounting and Finance at DCU, thanks to a University of Sanctuary Scholarship supported by Ornua. In this piece she explains what this opportunity has meant to her. “I am a big...
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Shepherd’s Story

Shepherd moved to Ireland in 2007 from Zimbabwe, fleeing political persecution and violence under the regime of Robert Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party. Shepherd had lived in the town of Gweru for his entire life. He was happily working as a salesperson selling industrial equipment and protective clothing whilst raising two children with his girlfriend,...
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