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Migration Services in Wales project 


March 2015 – March 2017


The Migration Services in Wales project aimed 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 included 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 was 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 was 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 was delivered by ensuring relevant stakeholders in Wales had access to up-to-date and accurate information on migration policy and practice. The project also supported the development of strategic frameworks on migration in four local areas.


The term ‘migration’ was used in its broadest sense, encompassing EU mobility, forced migration, irregular migration, and family, student and labour migration. The project focused 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 were shaped by stakeholders’ needs and provided expert and up-to-date information on legislation, policy and practice as it impacted 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.


From March 2015 to March 2017 the Migration Services in Wales project produced a series of legal and policy briefings and migration trends reports, and delivered a number of training sessions on those areas of policy identified by stakeholders as most relevant to their work. An enquiries service was also be delivered to provide stakeholders with information on migration policy and practice in Wales.


This project team was 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 project was 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’.

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