Migration WM – Improving early action approaches on community safety, health and wellbeing for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants held 27th January 2020 @ Gowling, 2 Snowhill B4 6WR
The West Midlands is home to a growing and diverse migrant population. Many of the local authorities in the region are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone who is a refugee or migrant and the work of the voluntary and community sector provides a vital component of this approach.
However, in high impact areas, there are aspects of creating an inclusive environment for migrants and refugees, which local and central government are unable to fund due to legal and policy constraints. Furthermore, despite the importance of the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) in creating an inclusive approach, their activities remain underfunded.
A working group of local authorities, migrant and refugee specialist agencies and the WM Funders Network have been considering how the range of services that support migrant and refugee inclusion can be improved and grown. We know that there are opportunities to better recognise and share good practice across the region and across sectors to encourage more investment in the things we know can make a difference.
This is the second of three events and focused on a broad set of issues across crime and community safety, physical health, mental health, safeguarding and support for refugee, asylum seekers and migrant vulnerable children, young people, families and adults in the West Midlands. A background briefing paper on the issues that were the focus of the event can be found here.
Around 80 participants representing independent funders, public bodies (local authorities, health, police) and VCS agencies working on migration issues participated to consider:
- Early action principles and how they can embed these in what they deliver, commission and fund
- How to prevent and de-escalate crisis situations through the use of early action
- The importance of creating and investing in integrated advice and support networks, as well as how to collaborate with others to put this into practice
- The importance of promoting the inclusion and visibility of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants within mainstream policies, strategies and plans
Presentations were from WM Strategic Migration Partnership, Coventry City Council, WM Police Service, Walsall MBC, Refugee and Migrant Centre, Wolverhampton, Coventry Community Law Centre, Bosnia and Herzogovina Network, Comic Relief and BBC Children in Need.
We used the hashtag #MigrationEarlyAction .
Presentations will be posted shortly and a short summary report of the event and follow -up.
A third and final event is planned for May 2020 and will consider issues such as education, training, employability and community cohesion as part of this series on migration and integration in the WM. Further information will be posted shortly