Migration Yorkshire is a local authority-led regional migration partnership. We work with national government, local government, and others to ensure that Yorkshire and Humber can deal with, and benefit from, migration. We work with agencies across the statutory, voluntary, community and private sectors to help support the delivery of high quality services to migrants in a way that benefits everyone living in local communities.
What do we do?
Migration Yorkshire has 4 key roles:
Strategic leadership and coordination in Yorkshire and Humber on migration issues. We convene and support the Strategic Migration Group, the main advisory and decision-making structure where local authorities, statutory agencies and the voluntary sector get together to discuss how migration impacts on our region and to agree ways forward. We provide strategic support in local areas and represent the views of the region to Government, providing leadership on migration issues at regional, national and European level.
Data, policy, research and information We provide regular analyses of migration statistics and trends to local authorities and other partners [for example local migration profiles in each local area]. We work with localities to provide timely and accurate data, regular policy briefings and ad hoc information and briefings on request. Our website is a key resource on migration in the region and includes a searchable database of all local research on migration.
Expert support for local integration We provide free training and guidance to local areas on migration issues, including 'Introduction to migration' and themed detailed sessions. We provide learning programmes and networks on key migration issues to help to develop and deliver services appropriately and effectively. Further support is provided on developing strategic functions and relationships, local planning and delivery.
Responding to change – new communities, new providers We enable local areas to understand and respond to new communities, such as Roma, through dedicated support, information and resources. We ensure strategic oversight and scrutiny of new asylum housing arrangements and changes to policies and protocols, involving local partners and negotiating on their behalf.
How do we work?
Migration Yorkshire is a local authority-led partnership which works across the whole of the Yorkshire and Humber region. We are overseen by the Migration Yorkshire Board, which is comprised of 10 local authorities [Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Doncaster, Hull, Kirklees, Leeds, Rotherham, Sheffield and Wakefield].
In our work we bring together partners from all sectors including local authorities, the Home Office and other government departments, health, police, universities, private sector, voluntary sector and refugee and migrant community groups.
Main areas of our work this year
Strategic oversight on asylum We will continue to work with the Home Office to ensure the COMPASS programme is a well-managed process at local level with accountability and strategic oversight. We will enable the relationship between the private providers, local authorities and other partners aiming for good and appropriate housing in cohesive communities.
Roma MATRIX Migration Yorkshire is managing a project with 20 cross-sector partner organisations in 10 countries across the European Union. Roma MATRIX aims to tackle racism and discrimination and promote Roma inclusion, and is the biggest project of its kind in Europe. Roma MATRIX will include activities in local areas across the region and provide a co-ordination role on Roma issues across the UK.
Integration Up North Migration Yorkshire is leading a programme of training and guidance on migration across the north of England. In Yorkshire and Humber, we will train hundreds of people and provide detailed written guidance to thousands more about working with migrants. For more information, go to: Integration up North
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