Strategic Objectives

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.

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 – 2024 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.

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.

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.