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South West Councils
South West Strategic Migration Partnership
About the issue
Migration is a vitally important issue in the South West of England. It is an attractive destination for migrant workers, who contribute their skills and labour to increasing economic prosperity, and is also home to a number of Asylum Seekers and Refugees, many of whom have left their own families and country behind to escape persecution.
Migration brings a number of benefits to the area but there are also a number of challenges - such as ensuring migrants are able to access local services, can receive appropriate information and are able to integrate into the community.
The South West Migration Partnership Board was formed by South West Councils to bring together key stakeholders and address the various challenges around migration that are faced in the South West. The Board plays an overarching role in developing a strategic approach to migration and in ensuring that elected members are able to take ownership of the issues. It reports to the wider membership of South West Councils on its activity.
Specific work is carried out by two sub groups known as the South West Forum for Migrant Workers and the South West Forum for Asylum Seekers & Refugees.
Membership and terms of reference
The Board includes Local Authority Members, the Home Office's Regional Director, and the Chairs of the Migrant Worker and Asylum Seeker and New Refugees Forums. The terms of reference and full membership list of the Board are here.
Links with National Organisations
The South West is represented on a number of national groups which consider migration related issues across the whole country. These include:
• the Home Office National Migration Group and Refugee Integration Group
• the LGA Asylum and Refugee Task Group
South West Councils receives an annual grant from the Home Office for the work of the migration partnership. The grant funds the achievement of key performance indicators agreed between the partnership and the Home Office and is implemented through the partnership’s Business Plan.
The NPRF Network Web-tool can be accessed here