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National migration conference
Managing migration – learning the lessons
Over the past year, the Migration Excellence Programme has been managed by the IDeA and funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government. Its objectives have been to develop migration best practice and learning, and to support capacity-building in 21 councils which had faced particular migration pressures in their local communities. Various resources have been developed for these councils, who have also benefited from the support of member, officer, voluntary and community sector peers.
The national conference was a chance to hear about the work and share experience.
About the event
The conference took place on 16 October 2008 from 10.15 am to 4 pm (followed by a drinks reception) at the Hilton Tower Bridge, London. The purpose of the conference was to disseminate lessons learnt from the programme and its 11 support projects with councils and to celebrate the outcomes of the programme and promote the resources it has created for others to take the work forward.
A mixture of plenary and workshop sessions took place.
The speakers were:
- Sadiq Khan MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Communities and Local Government
- Krishnan Guru-Murthy, newscaster and journalist
- Councillor Richard Kemp, Deputy Chair, LGA
- Brian Wilson, IDeA Programme Manager
The conference was chaired by:
- Lucy de Groot, Executive Director, IDeA
- Angela Mason, National Advisor on Equalities and Cohesion, IDeA
The conference had a full agenda and some of the speakers produced PowerPoint presentations which can be found in the following document.
A transcript of Sadiq Khan's speech can be found on the egov website.
Case studies, publications and online resources
Key messages and overview
The main findings of the IDeA Migration programme have been published in an 'Overview of the programme'.
The key messages of the conference have been summarised in the following document:
The programme has generated a number of case studies, some of which are available in print:
A partnership response to new migration – Allerdale Borough Council
Using a scrutiny review – Carlisle City Council
ESOL provision – London Borough of Ealing
A response to new migration – East Lindsey District Council
Community tensions – Humber Improvement Partnership
Community leadership – Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk
Supporting frontline staff – Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk
Migrants' skills – Newcastle City Council
Developing data – Southampton City Council
Improving standards – Suffolk County Council
Better housing – West Wiltshire District Council
Migration scenarios – Wychavon District Council
Others are available as online resources:
Provision of English as a second language – London Borough of Ealing
Online staff training support – Borough of King's Lynn and West Norfolk
Responsible employer scheme – Suffolk County Council
Migrant housing and HMOs (PDF, 113 pages, 2292KB) – West Wiltshire District Council
Migrant workers mini scenarios report – Wychavon District Council
Migration awareness raising presentation for councillors (PPT, 397KB) – East Lindsey District Council
CANS online legal advice – Humber Improvement Partnership
Migrant tenants housing advice (PDF, 4 pages, 1698KB) – Humber Improvement Partnership
Employment advice to migrant workers (PDF, 4 pages, 651KB) – Humber Improvement Partnership
Equality and diversity partnerships review – Carlisle City Council