Wales Strategic Migration Partnership (WSMP)

Enabling a rights based approach to the inclusion of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in Wales

Strategic Objectives

The Wales Strategic Migration Partnership (WSMP) is funded by the Home Office (Enabling Grant) and is based at the Welsh Local Government Association. WSMP is a partnership organisation aimed at providing an enabling function and a strategic leadership, independent, advisory and consultative body on migration in Wales. This allows sharing of expertise, diverse range of views and vital information minimising adverse impacts and maximising the benefits of migration.

  • Enable strategic and political oversight on asylum, refugee and economic migration issues in Wales - mechanism to link with national and UK structures.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders, and identifying and facilitating opportunities for collaborative working and discussion and debate
  • Ensure positive local delivery and promotion of community cohesion.
  • Monitor migration impacts and trends, and raise awareness of issues, risks and opportunities with the regional/national area to inform policy.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of local and national migration policy.
  • Work with local delivery partners to design and oversee delivery of services that meet migrants' needs in Wales.
  • Engage and communicate with national, regional and local stakeholders.
  • Act as a conduit for two-way information flow between Home Office, other government departments and regional/national partners.
  • Engage Refugee Communities in developing policy.

Annual report

The All Wales Age Assessment toolkit builds on the principles outlined in the All Wales Practice Guidance on the Care and Support of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Childrenwhich forms part of the All Wales Child Protection Procedures. The Practice Guidancewas described as ‘a welcome step forward in assessing age’ by Zubier Yasdani, (solicitor with Deighton Peirce Glynn, specialising in children’s rights) and this toolkit builds on that work, encompassing best practice from a variety of sources. It is designed to enable a holistic, multi-agency age assessment of unaccompanied asylum seeking children, with guidance for Social Workers, Police, UKVI and other agencies on joint working.

Published on: 10 September 2015