Boston Councillor elected chairman of the East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership

BOSTON Labour councillor Paul Kenny has been elected chairman of an East Midlands organisation dealing with migration.

The East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership’s (EMSMP) aim is to provide a regional advisory, development and consultation function for member organisations including the police, UK Border Agency, Refugee Action and Jobcentre Plus, for the co-ordination and provision of advice, support and services for migrants.

Some of the things it will consider include the impact of migration on the region, and regional strategies and initiatives relating to housing and planning, community cohesion, education, employment and health issues for migrants.

EMSMP covers the counties of Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland. The Partnership was established in 2000 to co-ordinate activities regarding asylum seekers in the region. Since then, the role has progressively expanded to include strategic co-ordination in respect of all forms of international migration.

EMSMP is led by the board and supported by five task groups; employment and skills, health, asylum support/housing and unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC).