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17 September 2010

East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership welcomes Independent Chief Inspector’s

The Independent Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency, John Vine CBE QPM, has today (16th Sept.) published a report into an unannounced inspection of the UK Border Agency’s (UKBA) Loughborough reporting centre.

The Independent Chief Inspector recently attended a meeting of the East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership Board (EMSMP) giving an overview of the work of the Independent Inspectorate. John Vine said.” I value the views of groups such as the East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership who provide a useful perspective on the work of the UK Border Agency and help to inform my inspection programme.”

Councillor Simon Galton, Chair East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership that works with the UKBA said: “We welcome the findings of the report and look forward to working with our corporate partners in the UKBA in resolving the issues highlighted.”

The Independent Chief Inspector’s full report, “Loughborough Reporting Centre: Unannounced Inspection” can be viewed at www.independent.gov.uk/icinspector/news

Note to editors

The East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership (EMSMP) covers Derby, Derbyshire, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and Rutland.

The Partnership was established in 2000 to co-ordinate activities regarding asylum seekers in the Region/Area. Since then the role has progressively expanded to include strategic coordination in respect of all forms of international migration. The lead organisation is East Midlands Councils.

Membership is open to all local authorities, other statutory authorities, voluntary sector organisations and private sector organisations who are involved or have an interest in these activities.

EMSMP is led by our Board, supported by six task groups; Employment & Skills, Health, Statistics, No Recourse to Public Funds, Asylum Support & Housing and Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children.

The aim of the partnership is: “To provide a regional advisory, development and consultation function for member organisations from the statutory, voluntary, community and private sectors - for the co-ordination and provision of advice, support and services for migrants.”

More information on the work of The EMSMP can be found on http://www.emcouncils.gov.uk/Strategic-Migration-Partnership

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