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South East Strategic Partnership for Migration (SESPM)

The South East Strategic Partnership for Migration (SESPM) provides a leadership, co-ordination and advisory function for migration in the South East. SESPM is hosted by South East England Councils, with all SESPM work funded by the Home Office.

2017-18 SESPM Strategic Objectives


1. Engaging and networking. Provide an efficient, flexible and quality means of engagement for the Home Office and local partners in the South East to effectively identify, understand, communicate and address migration issues of national and local importance. Engaging senior representatives from South East local authorities, identifying and maintaining networks of the key statutory and voluntary sector partners involved with migration.

2. Assisting partners in the South East to respond to migration priorities. Support South East Local Authorities to effectively respond to Home Office priorities on migration. This will include assisting partners to identify local priorities, enhance their understanding of the local impact of migration and share this understanding with the Home Office. In 2017/18 this will include: the widening of asylum dispersal, Refugee Resettlement schemes, Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC), combatting Modern Slavery, promoting awareness and understanding of the voluntary returns options, enhancing the asylum process (including accommodation), integration and community cohesion.

3. Support the development of evidence based policy and practice Gathering evidence, monitoring trends, analysing and reporting on the impacts of migration to and from the South East, identifying and sharing good practice in terms of responding to migration issues, training and dissemination of information.

4. Implementing programmes, training and coordination. Providing a South East coordination role for Home Office programmes, such as Refugee Resettlement Schemes, the National UASC transfer scheme, the Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Scheme and other initiatives as appropriate, such as mapping and promoting good practice of ESOL provision.

Here is our year at a glance and the full SESPM business plan for 2017-18.  Our ‘Introduction to SESPM sheet’ also gives an overview of our work areas and current partners, as does this diagram of of our partnership structure.

In addition to responding to Government proposals and consultations, SESPM also works on topical projects and has previously commissioned occasional research on migration issues. Visit our SESPM topical issues page for more details of recent projects and previous work on skills gaps developing as a result of the cap on non-EU migrant workers.

The work of SESPM is funded by the Home Office. For more information on South East Strategic Partnership for Migration contact Roy Millard at South East Councils – roymillard@secouncils.gov.uk – 01304 872186.