Saturday 18 January 2020

East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership

The aim of the East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership (EMSMP) 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.

EMSMP covers the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland. There are three unitary authorities in the East Midlands: Derby, Leicester and Nottingham.

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 Regional Migration Board, supported by five task groups; No Recourse to Public Funds, Asylum Dispersal, Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC), Anti-Human Trafficking and Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme. Other thematic and geographical sub-groups and workshops will be established by the Regional Migration Board as required.


Regional Migration Board

Chair and Vice-Chair:

Regional Migration Board Chair: Cllr Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council

Regional Migration Board Vice Chairs:                                                                                

Cllr Sarah Russell, Leicester City Council                                             


Terms of Reference

The purpose of the Regional Migration Board is to provide decision-making and strategic leadership on matters that relate to migration in the East Midlands and, in particular to: 

  • Agree and oversee arrangements that include asylum dispersal, Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement (SVPR) Programme and the National Transfer Scheme for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASCs), as well as children resettled directly from the Middle East and North Africa region and other related refugee programmes. 
  • Provide regional oversight of the co-ordination of different elements of asylum, refugee and wider migration policy and programmes. 
  • Consider and agree the collective position of Local Government in the East Midlands on matters that relate to the delivery of national Government asylum dispersal policy and local area agreements (known as 'cluster areas'), SVPR and UASC programme and associated refugee resettlement programmes. 
  • Ensure strong local government involvement and influence on programme management and service delivery for asylum seekers and refugees at regional and local level. 
  • Consider and agree proposals for any change as they affect the region; and make recommendations to influence and shape proposed new legislation, policy initiatives, and operational change. 
  • Make recommendations to Government and regional/local partners on matters relating to overall regional numbers of dispersed asylum seekers, dispersal cluster areas and cluster numbers, UASC and Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme. 
  • Consider any issues relating to support of dispersed asylum seekers, refugees and migrants that impacts upon local government which cannot be resolved at local level and to make recommendations to the appropriate organisation. 
  • Monitor the impact of migration on community cohesion, housing, education, employment, health and other services.


For purposes of accountability and credibility, it is important that the Regional Migration Board engages those local authorities that participate in asylum dispersal and refugee resettlement programmes.

The Regional Migration Board comprises 15 (councillor) members, be subject to considerations of political and geographical balance, and include:

  • 1 Representative as nominated by each local authority that participates in asylum dispersal programme (as per COMPASS contacts).
  • 1 Lead Member Children’s Services.
  • 1 Lead Member Adult Social Care.
  • 1 Lead Member Health and Wellbeing Board.

The Regional Migration Board will be supported by the following senior officer advisor group:

  • Lead Officer for East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership (East Midlands Councils)
  • SOLACE Lead Chief Executive for SVPR programme.
  • 1 Director Children’s Services
  • 1 Director Adult Social Services
  • 1 Director of Public Health
  • Executive Director (East Midlands Councils)

From its membership, the Regional Migration Board will agree lead members roles for each element of the migration partnership’s activity as illustrated by, but not limited to, its sub-groups.The Board can, at its discretion, co-opt additional advisory support on any area of migration activity.


The Chair of the EMSMP shall be a local authority councillor and also be the chair of the Regional Migration Board. The responsibilities of the Chair will include presiding over the SMP's activities, ensuring the SMP meets its performance objectives and representing the region at the national level.

In accordance with EMC’s constitution, the chair and vice-chairs will be nominated by EMC political group leaders, subject to political balance considerations.

Local Authority Costs Analysis Report in support of UASC

Analysis of LA Costs - July 2017

Business Plan

 Business Plan 2018-19

Business Plan 2014-15

Annual Report

EMSMP Annual Report - Final 2017 18  

Asylum Accommodation and Support Statement of Requirements

Asylum Accommodation and Support Statement of requirements


Asylum Seeker 

An asylum seeker is someone who has fled persecution in their country of origin, has arrived in another country, made themselves known to the authorities and exercised their right to apply for asylum.


A refugee is someone whose asylum application has been successful and who is allowed to stay in another country.

Failed asylum seeker

A failed asylum seeker is someone whose asylum application has been turned down and is awaiting return to their country of origin. If it is not safe for refused asylum seekers to return, they may have to stay for the time being.

Economic Migrant

An economic migrant is someone who has moved to another country to work.

Illegal Immigrant

An illegal immigrant is someone who has arrived in another country and has no legal basis for being there.