The purpose of NEMP is to provide strategic leadership, co-ordination and advisory function for migration in the North East region and facilitates the following:
The Home Office currently contract G4S to deliver support to Asylum Seekers in the North East. Support includes providing accommodation standards, client safeguarding and supporting clients to access health and other services. G4S also have a responsibility to work alongside local authorities, voluntary sector, health sector and other agencies involved in NEMP, which is facilitated via the Partnership to assist this coordinated approach through the networks.
NEMP also work alongside the Home Office to respond to growing asylum pressures nationally by encouraging voluntary participation from those areas who do not currently receive Asylum Seekers, in order to widen Asylum dispersal and encourage a fairer distribution.
Communication and information
NEMP is about establishing an inclusive and robust partnership approach and developing improved communication and information.
The Partnership works closely with various stakeholders to ensure collaborative working and is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure it remains fit for purpose, and keeps in close contact with the voluntary and community sector with quarterly newsletters.
The Partnership host various meetings and forums (listed under Networks) which ensures sharing of experiences and good practice as well as the dissemination of information and operational, partnership working.
Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement (SVPR)
The North East have agreed to support the UK Government’s commitment to take up to 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020 as part of SVPR. NEMP work closely with North East local authorities to volunteer participation, and the commitments made in the region reflect a strong political will to assist with the Syrian humanitarian crisis therefore the Partnership continue to work proactively with key contacts to deliver the programme, to ensure the region benefits.
Further information about the SVPRS can be found HERE
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)
NEMP works alongside the Home Office and local authorities in respect of the dispersal of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children in the North East.
The definition of a UASC is an individual who is under 18 years of age, has arrived in the UK without a responsible adult, and is not being cared for by an adult who by law or custom has responsibility to do so, is separated from both parents and has applied for asylum in the UK in his or her right. The government have committed to considering UASC claims already lodged in the UK and further information on the scheme can be found HERE
Unaccompanied refugee children in Europe (‘the Dubs amendment’)
In addition to the VCRS, the Government committed to assist unaccompanied refugee children from within Europe as set out in the Immigration Act 2016. The member states of the scheme include France, Greece and Italy, as announced by the former Prime Minister David Cameron, to identify suitable cases and introduce processes where necessary to transfer children to the UK.
Criteria includes children to be aged under 18 and who have been in Europe before 20 March 2016. The transfer to the UK is determined to be in the best interests of the child and priority will be given to cases with a UK family link. The total number of refugee children under this scheme is yet to be determined after consultation with local authorities.
Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Scheme
The Government announced this scheme in April 2016, to resettle up to 3,000 individuals, nationally, over the course of this Parliament, to complement the SVPR in helping vulnerable refugees displaced by the migrant crisis from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
NEMP is working with the Home Office and North East local authorities to secure pledges of support from local authorities in accommodating children and their families, where the focus is on assessing children.
National Transfer Scheme
The National Transfer Scheme launched in July 2016 and is a mechanism which has been put in place to encourage local authorities to volunteer to support unaccompanied children, regardless of their arrival route, due to some pressures in the country. The Partnership is working alongside the Home Office and North East local authorities to help preparation in the scheme in the region.
NEMP works closely with other Strategic Migration Partnerships (SMP’s) nationally in order to share good practice and to feed into national policy and protocols with the Home Office, Public Health England, Department for Communities and Local Government and Department for Education.