The East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership works with a number of national partners including:
The UK Border Agency is an agency of the Home Office. This section provides details about our structure, our aims and our work.
If you are interested in finding out about the work of the Home Office as a whole, this information is available from the main Home Office website
The Agency was formed in April 2008 to improve the United Kingdoms's security through stronger border protection while welcoming legitimate travellers and trade.
The Agency brings together the work previously carried out by the Border and Immigration Agency, customs detection work at the border from Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs, and UK Visa Services from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
Refugee Action has over 25 years' experience in the reception, resettlement, development and integration of asylum seekers and refugees.
Refugee Action’s Asylum Advice teams provide a reception service for newly arrived asylum seekers, as well as advice and advocacy. Our Choices service provides independent advice to asylum seekers considering returning voluntarily to their country of origin.
Refugee Action’s community development workers promote the development of refugee communities.
They also run innovative projects to enhance opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers.
Inter-Agency Partnership (IAP)
Asylum Support Inter Agency Partnership (IAP) consists of five agencies funded by the Home Office to deliver the following services to asylum seekers: reception support and services on arrival, initial accommodation, and One Stop Services.
The IAP consists of five agencies: Refugee Council, Refugee Action, Migrant Helpline, Scottish Refugee Council and Welsh Refugee Council, and includes representations from subcontractors and refugee community organisations (RCOs). They produce a monthly newsletter
The Refugee Council is the largest organisation in the UK working with asylum seekers and refugees. We not only give direct help and support, but also work with asylum seekers and refugees to ensure their needs and concerns are addressed.
We believe asylum seekers and refugees should be treated with understanding and respect. Our services aim to reflect this and include:
- giving advice and support to asylum seekers and refugees to help them rebuild their lives
- working with refugee community organisations, helping them grow and serve their communities
- caring for separated children to help them feel safe and supported in the UK
- offering training and employment courses to enable asylum seekers and refugees to use their skills and qualifications
- campaigning and lobbying for refugees’ voices to be heard in the UK and abroad
- keeping them high on the political agenda and discussed in the media
- producing authoritative information on refugee issues worldwide, including reports, statistics and analysis
The Refugee Council produces its own news review relating to asylum and refugees.
Fleeing your home and arriving in a new country can be traumatic. The Red Cross offers support for vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.
Other Strategic Migration Partnerships
East of England Regional Assembly Strategic Migration Partnership (EERA-SMP)
The East of England Regional Assembly (EERA) Strategic Migration Partnership, formerly known as the EERA Consortium for Asylum and Refugee Integration (EERA-CARI), is one of eleven UK partnerships funded by the Border and Immigration Agency (BIA).
The Consortium was established in March 2000 to originally co-ordinate activities regarding the dispersal, accommodation and support of asylum seekers across the region. However since April 2007, our role has been expanded to incorporate the wider migration agenda and we will be working closely with the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) to support and develop regional migrant worker networks, support agencies and projects, as well as continuing our work with asylum seekers and refugees.
West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership (WMSMP)
The West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership (formerly The West Midlands Strategic Partnership for Asylum and Refugees - WMSPARS) is the principal regional policy forum on refugee, asylum and migrant issues. It is based within the Regional Partnership Centre, co-located with the West Midlands Regional Assembly and the West Midlands Local Government Association.
WMSMP is one of eleven regional consortia across the UK, established as a result of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999 which legislated that asylum seekers would be dispersed to regions across the UK. All regional consortia are core funded by the Home Office and were set-up to co-ordinate activities regarding the dispersal, accommodation and support of asylum seekers and the integration and social inclusion of refugees.
Yorkshire & Humber Regional Migration Partnership
Yorkshire and Humber Regional Migration Partnership works with national government, local government, and others to ensure that Yorkshire and Humber can deal with, and benefit from, migration. We work with agencies across the statutory, voluntary, community and private sectors to help support the delivery of high quality services to migrants in a way that benefits everyone living in local communities.
Further information www.migrationyorkshire.org.uk
Southwest Strategic Migration Partnership (SWRA-SMP)
The Regional Strategic Co-ordination Board for Migration forms the overall co-ordinating body of the region’s strategic migration partnership. Specific work is carried out by the two sub groups known as the South West Migrant Worker Action Group and the South West Regional Forum for Asylum Seekers and Refugees.
North East Strategic Migration Partnership (NESMP)
The North East Strategic Migration Partnership aims to support Asylum Seekers while claims are under consideration and help Migrant Workers and Refugees integrate effectively and productively in their new home.
Migrant Help will start providing the new services to adult asylum seekers and their dependants from 1st April. These services will replace the current One Stop Service and Initial Accommodation Wraparound, which will cease to exist on 31st March 2014.
They will be delivered under the umbrella name Asylum Help (part of the Migrant Help organisation) as Asylum Advice UK and Asylum Support Application UK, and will enable continuation of all statutory services to asylum seekers and refugees.
Enclosed is a poster and a client leaflet to help advertise the new service within your network. Please, forward this to your colleagues and partners.
Also attached is an updated briefing which answers the main questions about the Asylum Help services.
Please feel free to contact Jitka Minxova with any questions
Tel.: 01304 218712
Mobile: 07967 632139
BRIEFING FOR STRATEGIC MIGRATION PARTNERSHIPS update
Asylum Help A3 Poster Final
Asylum Help - Client Leaflet Final