Former Sheffield Lord Mayor Magid named as City of Sanctuary co-chair
Former Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Magid Magid has joined independent charity City of Sanctuary as a new co-chair of the board of trustees following his departure as a Member of European Parliament due to Brexit.
City of Sanctuary Sheffield, which gives support to refugees and asylum seekers in the city, said the appointment will help fulfill their vision of making Sheffield a welcoming city for people seeking sanctuary.
Magid said: “I’m truly honoured to be taking on this role at such a crucial time. City of Sanctuary Sheffield is an exceptional charity that plays an integral role in supporting all those that are seeking refuge.
"We have a great team and an excellent vision, and I look forward to playing my part to continue to make Sheffield the warm and welcoming place it is.”
Magid first came to Sheffield with his mother and siblings as refugees from Somalia in 1994.
The 31-year-old had served as the Lord Mayor of Sheffield from May 2018 to May 2019, attracting massive media attention as he was the first ethnic-Somali, the youngest ever and the first Green Party councillor to hold the role.
He currently heads up a new pan-European organisation that is dedicated to racial justice and climate justice.
Director of City of Sanctuary Sheffield Tom Martin said: "We are absolutely delighted to have Magid as our new co-chair at City of Sanctuary Sheffield.
"He is one of the brightest and most exciting leaders in the country at the moment and will bring with him a wealth of experience that will help us fulfill our vision of making Sheffield a warm and welcoming city for people seeking sanctuary.”