Friday 24 January 2020

Publications and Research

ESOL in the East Midlands 2018 Report

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in the East Midlands, Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. EMC in conjunction with EMFEC undertook a report in 2018 to map current ESOL provision within the East Midlands. For several years, East Midlands Councils, through the work of its Strategic Migration Partnership, has highlighted the lack of availability and access to English language tuition for speakers of other languages,as a barrier to integration and employment for migrants in the region. The 2011 Census highlighted that the East Midlands had a lower English Language proficiency compared to elsewhere in the country. EMC has since worked with emfec, the membership organisation for the further education sector, to produce a comprehensive review to better understand ESOL provision, to highlight gaps in provision and to share best practice. The report demonstrates the challenges of delivering ESOL to a diverse population and in particular the needs of refugees resettled under the Government’s Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPNS). As families have been welcomed into communities across the region, this has highlighted some of the practical barriers faced by refugees in accessing language learning - including transport and childcare provision. Language skills not only enable families to become economically active, they also support refugees to integrate into their local communities and prevent social isolation. Key recommendations and conclusions will provide the focus for further action and include:

 * Effectively planning for the provision of ESOL in each area. EMC and its partners will look to set up partnerships of ESOL stake holders and providers.

 * Encouraging ESOL providers to offer greater flexibility through harnessing new technologies and innovative ways to delivering learning.

 * Consider establishing a regional guidance and referral agency, such as the Nottingham ‘begin model’ - to act as a central co-ordination point for ESOL.

 * EMC and emfec will commit to work with local authorities, LEPs, ESOL providers, voluntary and community sector and refugees themselves. This is in order to take forward the recommendations and to support the provision of infrastructure - to better meet the needs of new migrants and refugees across the region.

 The full report can be found at the following link: ESOL in the East Midlands 2018 Report


The Impact of International Migration on the East Midlands

EMC launched a major report on ‘The Impact of International Migration on the East Midlands’ at its AGM on 18 July 2014. The report makes use of official data and analysis commissioned from Nottingham Trent University. It concludes that international migration has generally been good for the economy and that recent migrants make a net contribution to the UK budget and are less likely to claim state benefits. However, it also highlights four key challenges that must be addressed if local services are to be effectively planned for and community cohesion is to be maintained:

  • There is no single, consistent source of local data on migrant communities or their characteristics, which makes it difficult for councils to effectively plan and deliver local services;
  • Changes to Government policy have shifted the cost of caring for some vulnerable migrant communities to councils, without any additional financial support;
  • Councils need to have a greater say in how and where supported asylum seekers are dispersed by the Home Office in local communities; and
  • There is a lack of local provision for teaching English for those new migrants who do not speak the language well, which can limit job opportunities and increase translation costs for councils.

The Impact of International Migration on the East Midlands (July 2014) - Full Report (4MB)

The Impact of International Migration on the East Midlands (July 2014) - Summary Report (1MB)

New website - challenging racism towards Roma

The new Roma MATRIX website is launched in July 2014:  

The website is for everyone working to stop racism towards Roma and to improve integration across Europe. It has lots of useful information on:

  • Changing attitudes - Tackling racism towards Roma people through media relations and campaigning activity.
  • Challenging racism - Improving options and support for Roma people experiencing discrimination and hate crime.
  • Social inclusion - Building bridges and breaking down barriers between Roma and non-Roma people.
  • Research - Investigating how policies for Roma inclusion are delivered and subsequently experienced.

The website has research reports, information sheets, case studies, audio visual materials, and much more. 

Analysis of Local Authority costs incurred in support of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children in the East Midlands        July 2017 

The following report confirms the actual costs incurred by Local Authorities in the East Midlands in providing care for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC). 

Full Report