Summit on Asylum, Refugee Resettlement and Modern Slavery

15 February 2018

EMC is holding a summit event on Asylum, Refugee Resettlement and Modern Slavery on 20 March 2018.

Refugees displaced from Syria

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

Dispersal and Support Arrangements for Asylum Seekers

The Eradication of Modern Slavery

These are just some of the responsibilities that local authorities have in supporting migrants, asylum and refugee resettlement.  To date, approximately 450 vulnerable refugees have arrived in the region with councils pledging a further 500 places by 2020; 2850 asylum seekers are supported, and 65 UASC have arrived as part of the National Transfer Scheme out of a total of 300.

Managing an effective and proportionate asylum and refugee resettlement programme remains a national priority – but one that can only be delivered in partnership with local authorities and community organisations.  In the East Midlands, local authorities continue to be at the forefront in the management and delivery of these programmes.  There have been challenges but the progress achieved to date has been testament to a collective approach in this region.


Asylum and Refugees in the East Midlands

  • Cllr Heather Smith, Leader, Northamptonshire County Council
  • Cllr Sarah Russell, Leicester City Council
  • Steve Kelly, Head of Local Authority Engagement, Syrian Refugee Resettlement Programme, Joint Unit; DCLG, DfID and Home Office.
  • Alison Bennett from Gedling Homes
  • Anna Hiley, Assist Practice, Leicester

Economic and Social Inclusion

  • Rob Mitchell, Chief Executive, Ashfield District Council
  • Simon Feneley, EMFEC
  • Fiona Vale, BEGIN

Modern Slavery

  • Kevin Hyland OBE Independent Modern Slavery Commissioner
  • Cllr Alan Rhodes, Nottinghamshire County Council and LGA Lead for Abuse Exploitation and Modern Slavery
  • Rick Alton, Detective Chief Inspector, Derbyshire Constabulary
  • Anne Read, Director, Anti Trafficking and Modern Slavery, Salvation Army

The programme will also provide an opportunity to hear directly from refugees resettled in the East Midlands.

This Summit will give delegates the opportunity to:

  • Enable us to learn from innovative and effective practice.
  • Consider local priorities and responses in the future management of these programmes. 
  • Explore the economic and social impact of migration for communities within the region and what does the future hold?
  • Understand local capacity and impact on local government in respect of refugee programmes, economic and social impact and modern slavery.
  • Put into sharp focus the scourge of modern slavery and how local government, statutory and voluntary agencies should respond - according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), globally there are 21 million people victims of modern slavery.  Estimates suggest there are 13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK and the number of people identified as slaves continues to increase each year.


The Asylum, Refugee Resettlement and Modern Slavery Summit is a fully subsidised event by East Midlands Councils and therefore free to attend.

Who should attend this Summit?

  • Council Leaders, Lead Members: Children's and Adults
  • Chief Executives, Directors of Adult Social Services, Directors of Public Health, Directors of Children's Services
  • Housing Associations
  • FE Colleges and Adult Learning providers
  • PHE, NHS and CCGs
  • Police
  • LEPS
  • Voluntary and Community Sector
  • All Councillors and Officers interested in understanding the main issues in this area


Pera Business Park, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0PB

Summit Registration

To book a place please book online via this link :

If you have any questions contact 01664 502 637