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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.

2018-20 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 help them respond to the challenges migration may cause. This will include assisting partners to identify local priorities, enhancing their understanding of the local impact of migration and sharing this understanding with the Home Office. For 2018-20 this will include: the widening of asylum dispersal, Refugee Resettlement schemes, UASCs, combatting Modern Slavery, promoting awareness and understanding of the voluntary returns options, enhancing the asylum process (including accommodation), integration, community cohesion and the implications of Brexit.
  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. We have modest additional resources through the Controlling Migration Fund to support this objective for UASC.
  4. Implementing programmes, training and coordination. Providing a South East coordination role for Home Office programmes, such as Refugee Resettlement Schemes, The National Transfer Scheme (NTS) for UASC, the Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Scheme (VCRS) and other initiatives as appropriate, such as mapping and promoting good practice of ESOL provision.

Here is our 2018-20 at a glance summary and the full SESPM business plan for 2018-20.  Our ‘Introduction to SESPM sheet also gives an overview of our work areas and current partners, as does this diagram 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.

To see how SESPM handles personal data, following introduction of GDPR in May 2018 read our privacy policy.

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 England Councils – roymillard@secouncils.gov.uk – 01304 872186.