Northern Ireland Strategic Migration Partnership

NISMP is the newest of several Regional Strategic Migration Partnerships across the UK. Originally established to deal specifically with Asylum issues, RSMPs have taken on the full remit of migration.There are 12 regional strategic migration partnerships across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. These partnerships address the concerns of each locality, working with communities, local government, service providers and voluntary and community organisations to ensure that the specific needs of those areas relating to migration are met. Each partnership is different in its make-up, staff team, funding streams and programme of work.

Regional Migration Partnerships across the UK have been involved in:

  • Dissemination and interpretation of UKBA news and information as part of monthly newsletters on migration issues
  •  “Mythbuster” leaflets dispelling popular myths about migration and migrants
  • Comprehensive diagrams mapping out migration and asylum application processes
  • Production of guidance on providing support to families with no recourse to public funds
  • Facilitating training for policy-makers and service providers on migration issues
  •  Facilitating pilot schemes on issues like voluntary return of undocumented migrants
  • Coordination role for cross-sector collaboration on research and service delivery projects
  • Providing explanatory notes and guidance questions for interested parties on changes to immigration legislation and policy, and clear indications of local impact
  • Providing a scrutiny role in the process of service provision to asylum seekers and refugees.

Partnerships have collaborated across regions to share data, run pilot projects and share services to migrants and asylum seekers. A representative from NISMP attends regular RSMP managers meetings at the LGA in London to continue to foster relatioships and share best practise.

 

 

Northern Ireland Strategic Migration Partnership