The Migration Services in Wales project aims to increase access to information on migration in Wales through the development of a number of products designed to meet the knowledge needs of the project’s stakeholders. These include Legal and Policy Briefings, analyses of quantitative data on migration in Wales, the provision of training, the development of local strategic frameworks on migration and an information enquiry email line. The project is led by the Welsh Refugee Council in partnership with the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) and the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford.
Migration Services in Wales is funded by the Welsh Government, who commissioned this programme of work in order to facilitate the development of a ‘strategic approach to migration in Wales,’ which is understood to mean the facilitation of a uniform approach across Wales, taking account of local needs. This will be delivered by ensuring relevant stakeholders in Wales have access to up-to-date and accurate information on migration policy and practice. The project will also support the development of strategic frameworks on migration in four local areas.
We use the term ‘migration' in its broadest sense, encompassing EU mobility, forced migration, irregular migration, and family, student and labour migration. The project focuses on migration to Wales as well as integration policy and practice relating to migrants living in Wales.
The resources produced for the Migration Services in Wales project are shaped by stakeholders’ needs and provide expert and up-to-date information on legislation, policy and practice as it impacts upon migration into Wales and Wales’ migrant communities. A number of consultation events were held between March and June 2015 to review the proposed delivery methods of the project with stakeholders from across Wales and to identify which areas of law and policy they felt were most relevant for the project.
We will seek to engage a broad range of stakeholders in the project, so that information needs in relation to migration policy and practice are identified and addressed, and to maximise awareness and use of the Migration Services in Wales outputs. Our stakeholders include Local Authorities, Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), Wales Migration Partnership (WMP), Home Office, voluntary sector organisations, migrant communities, NHS, Job Centres, Association of Directors of Social Services (ADSS) Cymru, trade unions, professional bodies, universities, colleges and schools amongst others.
From March 2015 to March 2017 the Migration Services in Wales project will produce a series of legal and policy briefings and migration trends reports, and deliver a number of training sessions on those areas of policy identified by stakeholders as most relevant to their work. An enquiries service will also be delivered to provide stakeholders with information on migration policy and practice in Wales.
In June 2016 we will deliver a Knowledge Exchange event on Local Strategic Frameworks on Migrant Integration in Cardiff and launch the second phase of the Migration Services in Wales project by identifying stakeholders in four areas to develop local strategic frameworks on migration. This will be an opportunity for local authorities and local partner agencies to reflect on their current policy and practice. Local authorities will be invited to submit an expression of interest to the Project Consortium for involvement in this part of the project, based on indicators to be agreed with the Welsh Government in the Spring of 2016.
This project team is a consortium led by the Policy and Communications team at the Welsh Refugee Council, and delivered in partnership with the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) and The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford.
The Welsh Refugee Council is an organisation with over 25 years’ experience working with refugees and asylum seekers in Wales. The Welsh Refugee Council aims to ensure that Wales is a place of welcome through the delivery of specialist services in Cardiff, Wrexham, Newport and Swansea and by influencing policy and practice to improve the lives of migrants across Wales.
The project is being delivered in partnership with the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford. COMPAS conducts high quality research and informs policy making and public debate. It has an international reputation for excellence in research across the spectrum of migration, refugee and integration issues and for effective engagement with government policymakers and civil society. In 2011, it established The Migration Observatory, which provides evidence on migration issues in a highly user-friendly, accessible form and will support the project through the delivery of a series of ‘Migration Trends Reports’.
Hannah Wharf – Policy and Communications Manager, Welsh Refugee Council
Siân Sanders- Migration Policy Officer, Welsh Refugee Council
Dr Sarah Spencer – Director, Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity, University of Oxford
Jonathan Price – Researcher, COMPAS, University of Oxford
Dr Carlos Vargas-Silva – Senior Researcher, Migration Observatory, University of Oxford
Dr Yvonni Markaki – Researcher, Migration Observatory, University of Oxford