Northern Ireland Strategic Migration Partnership

NISMP was established in 2011 and is one of 12 regional strategic migration partnerships across the UK.


In February of 2010, The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) in the Northern Ireland Executive met with Northern Ireland Local Government Agency to facilitate discussions on the possibility of local government hosting a Regional Strategic Migration Partnership.This was followed by a meeting between NILGA, UK Border Agency (UKBA), Council of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), OFMDFM and representatives from each of the main political parties in Northern Ireland to consider the issues associated with taking forward such a project in May of the same year. The NISMP business plan was approved by the NILGA Executive and the UK Border Agency shortly after submission.

Individuals from relevant agencies, departments and organisations were invited to join the Partnership in June of 2011, and the first meeting of the Partnership was held in Carrickfergus on the 8th of July 2011. In October, Junior Ministers Martina Anderson and Jonathan Bell hosted an official launch of the Partnership in the Long Gallery. The launch was attended by MLAs, MPs, departmental staff, and members of the voluntary and community sector.

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Northern Ireland Strategic Migration Partnership