11 refugees and migrants who have helped to make Birmingham brilliant

As a City of Sanctuary Birmingham welcomes people from across the world. Here we celebrate refugees and migrants who have helped to make the city so brilliant

Birmingham is a city with a truly international heritage. A City of Sanctuary it has welcomed people from across the globe for hundreds of years - some fleeing conflict, some looking to start a new life amid fresh opportunities.

From Jewish settlers in the 1700s to Irish families escaping the Potato Famine in the mid 1800s and modern day refugees from Ukraine, the city has a vast international community - including diasporas from South Asia, East Asia to the Middle East and African.

People have come in search of a new way of life, others are escaping dictatorial regimes or other political unrest in their home countries. While the debate around asylum-seekers and immigration often raises controversy, there are so many refugees and migrants who helped to make Birmingham brilliant.

Here are 11 refugees, migrants or descendants of migrants that make the city great:

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