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  • Introduction
    The presentation will:
    Briefly summarise the ESW Migrant Workers Project
    Outline the background behind the Regional Action Plan – why we need it and how it was developed
    Introduce the Regional Migrant Workers Network
    Introduce the Migrant Communication Strategies Project
    Migrant Workers fill vacancies and specific skills gaps. They can also culturally enrich an area, providing new perspectives, ways of having fun.
    A number of cases of migrants being taken advantage of because of limited language, knowledge of rights – GLA/ HSE Workshop
    Access to Public Services
    Many new migrants unsure – e.g. accessing A&E when should go to GP
    Community Tension
    Have been hostility to migrants, stirred up by media
    Language Barriers
    Particularly important after free ESOL provision removed by the government in September 2007
    Over-dependence of employers
    Are employers in some sectors too reliant on migrants?
    Information Gaps
    Lack of research and knowledge. Data-sets were very limited, often flawed, and only cover inflows.
    SLIM 2007 report “Migrant Workers in the South West” investigated these issues – they also noted the lack of coordination of activity at regional level and the need for a regional resource.
    “As the issue of migrant working moves up the agenda, it is important to consider how best to respond to
    the emerging needs of migrant workers, employers, local authority and other statutory bodies that
    support them and the voluntary and community organisations working in the field. There is a need to:
    • Share practice (particularly amongst local authorities and statutory agencies)
    • Support networking (particularly for the voluntary and community sector) and champion the work
    and needs of service providers/VCOs at regional and local levels.
    • Develop a central hub for information on employee and employer rights and responsibilities,
    translation service etc
    • Provide strategic support for better ESOL provision
    • Build and maintain the knowledge base
    • Develop tools for organisations to asses their needs and develop their responses”
  • Inflows are still high by historical standards
    Estimates on outflows vary – SW net long term migration of non-British nationals estimated to now be roughly zero
    IPPR – 2008 report – half of Eastern European migrants have gone home
  • Large numbers of migrants form Asia and the Middle East
    Biggest rises and falls have been in European Accession State Migration
    About 75% of East European migrants are Poles
  • In consequence to these issues and the SLIM report RDA commissioned ESW to deliver a 2 year project. The project was steered by the RDA (more info in John’s presentation)
  • In consequence to these issues and the SLIM report RDA commissioned ESW to deliver a 2 year project.
    Address the information gaps existing around trends and improve understanding of migrant worker issues in the region – feed this into regional policy
    Look at skills training provision – particularly English and make recommendations
    Engage with employers and inform them about good practice
    Develop the Regional Action Plan
  • Won’t be going through the whole project – however report is available for people to take away copies. Just want to mention some of the outputs:
    Produced three research reports around trends and inputed into the regional scrutiny process
    Engaged with employers through regional and sub-regional events
    Collected a number of employer good practice case studies which are available in the report
    Directory – available in packs
    Migrant Workers Network – way of engaging migrant workers – will come to this later on
  • Value of a regional voice on migration issues
    Migration Advisory Committee more likely to take account of regional perspective on migration than local
    Need for cooperation across policy areas
    Migration is a cross-cutting issue – at this event we have speakers on the economy, the workplace, education, health and community cohesion.
    Migrant Employer Events & Migrant Leadership – Business Link involvement secured – specialist knowledge in business support and engagement, while ESW specialist knowledge in equality – ICE Breakers project also involved
    Scope to join-up and share good practice from successful local initiatives
    Help support local forums – December 2008 support for a Mendip Forum
    Need to avoid duplication and develop connections between different networks
    Part of the value of the process has been to develop links between the Migrant Workers Forum and the Regional Employment & Skills Board
    The plan will also help develop links with local forums and other agencies
    Need to identify gaps and coordinate funding for capacity building
    Some of the longer-term actions relate to capacity building work, or work around innovative projects around migrant workers. The Action Plan provides a legitimisation of funding proposals in this area.
    Where activities were already planned, the Action Plan builds on the knowledge base of partners
    E.g. “A New Approach to ESOL” was planned by government but gives organisations some idea of how it can relate to other activities around migrant workers in the region
  • Initial Development of the Plan Summer 2008
    Initially Regional Action Plan was the brainchild of the SW Forum for Migrant Workers – a group of regional stakeholders (SWTUC, SW Councils, SW RDA, SLIM, CAB, LSC) and local authorities.
    ESW took lead for producing the plan as part of the new project – contributing its resources to the Forum. But the Forum had the ultimate lead in developing it.
    Draft plan produced in Sept 2008
    Scrutiny Review
    In summer 2008 RDA and Assembly agreed that migrant workers would be the topic of the next scrutiny review.
    Wendy will cover most of the issues which came up in the review but it was decided that the Scrutiny review would be used to consult on the Migrant Workers Action Plan.
    Action Plan was sent out to local authorities and voluntary organisations for comments (can mention if asked that at the time some thought there were too many actions for ESW – but generally those who replied were positive)
    A workshop was held in November 2008 around the Action Plan topics.
    The recommendations of the Scrutiny Panel went forward into the Action Plan.
    Migrant Workers Network
    Also specifically consulted the Network at meeting in January 2009 – produced plain-English version of the plan, explaining what it was for and collected feedback.
    Task & Finish Group
    The group included ESW, the RDA, South West Councils, South West TUC, the Learning and Skills Council, South West Chamber of Commerce and Wiltshire Council.
    Specific work was also carried out with the SHA and Business Link
    The Task and Finish Group approved the revised plan in September and it went to the Regional Forum for Migrant Workers in October 2009, where it was approved.
    Final Approval
    Forum – October 2009
    Board – December 2009 – South West Councils funded publication through the Enabling Grant
    RESB – January 2010
    Thus the development of the Action Plan was a partnership approach.
  • Don’t want to go into too much detail as some of this is covered in Wendy’s presentation – particularly the scrutiny recommendations
    However some areas:
    Initial Action Plan had objective to create a regional Code of Practice for employers - Scrutiny process identified national initiatives which we could feed into - BITC Code of Practice – rather than re-invent wheel
    MAC is another example of a national initiative which identified through scrutiny process
    Migrants particularly interested in capacity building and partnership work with orgs like CAB and trade unions – issue is resources
    Many migrants settling in long-term – so issues changing – more based around family, community cohesion, economic exclusion
    Local initiatives and forums – need to link into regional group
  • Some of the short-term aspirations already done – organise employer events, employment outcomes research.
    Longer-term actions – need for getting funding – related more to capacity building and developing local organisations.
  • Won’t go into much detail as covered by other presentations.
    Regional and Local Structures – some priorities for local and regional relationships
    Economy and Skills – also about economic impact of migrants
    Supporting Migrant Workers – includes workplace rights, english language, also community cohesion and anti-discrimination
    Responsive Public Services – about awareness raising, resources and meeting migrants needs in specialist areas
  • Regional & Local Structures
    Developing stronger partnership working at local level
    Economy, Skills & Employer Engagement
    Utilisation of migrant workers skills & preventing creation of second tier workforce
    Keeping employers informed & encouraging responsible employment
  • Change in government priorities
    Some of the Action Plan may go out of date (e.g. “A New Approach to ESOL” workshop had to be cancelled)
    Forthcoming change in immigration policy – opportunity to feed into MAC work on the development of a “cap” – better to engage than be left out in the cold
    Public expenditure cuts
    Already has had some impact on delivery – would have liked to have started more research on migration trends as outlined in Section B
    Also having an impact on local-level – Migration Impacts Fund has been put on hold
    Will need to concentrate more on getting capacity-building funding from other sources – trusts, or possibly Europe
    Possible change in regional structures
    Obvious problems in terms of Action Plan monitoring and compliance
    Again capacity-building work becomes more important
    Also need to ensure that learning developed during the development of the Action Plan is not lost and can be passed onto other organisations such as the Local Economic Partnerships
    Integration of long-term settlers
    One key finding of the project was that a considerable number of migrant workers are planning to settle in the region – issues around public services, education, integration and social inclusion
    Changing policy priorities
    New Migrant Communities
    Bulgarian and Romanian workers after Jan 2014 – will the region be prepared
  • Migrant workers project 2010

    1. 1. “What we Learned”: The ESW Project & the Development of the Plan Charlie Dorr & Monika Stennett Equality South West
    2. 2. The Context Major economic and cultural benefits but also challenges: •Exploitation •Access to & impact on public services •Community tensions and discrimination •Language barriers •Over-dependence of employers •Information gaps
    3. 3. Migration in South West Registrations to Overseas Nationals in NINO the South West (in 000s) 50 45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Source: Department for Work and Pensions 2009
    4. 4. Migration in South West Overseas NINO Registrations by World Area of Origin April - July 2010 6% 4% 0% 19% European Union EU Accession States Other European 21% Africa Asia and Middle East The Americas Australasia and Oceania Unknown 7% 3% 40%
    5. 5. ESW Project •2 Year Contract from the SW RDA May 2008 – March 2010 •SW Forum for Migrant Workers as Steering Group
    6. 6. ESW Project 2008 2010 •A better understanding off the trends in migration and the impact and implications this has for sustainability of business in the region. Analysis would feed into future developments of the RES, or single regional strategy, corporate plan etc. •Better skills training provision for Migrant Workers. •Employers are equipped for the task of employing Migrant Labour and are using best practice. •A better coordinated public sector response to the issue at regional level.
    7. 7. Project Activities •Trend analysis and research among employers and migrant workers •11 Employer Events •Collection of good practice case studies •Directory of Support Services •Migrant Workers Network •Regional Action Plan & Strategic Review work
    8. 8. Regional Action Plan – Why? •Value of a regional voice on migration issues • Need for cooperation across policy areas •Scope to join-up and share good practice from successful local initiatives •Need to avoid duplication and develop connections between different networks •Need to identify gaps and coordinate funding for capacity building •Where activities were already planned, the Action Plan builds on the knowledge base of partners
    9. 9. Regional Action Plan – How? •Led by the South West Forum for Migrant Workers •Consulted through the Strategic Review of Migrant Workers 2008-09 •Consultation with Migrant Workers Network •Task & Finish Group involving SW RDA, South West Councils, SW LSC, SWTUC, Wiltshire Council and SW Chambers of Commerce •Approved by the Forum, the Migration Board and the Regional Employment and Skills Board Oct 2008 – Jan 2010
    10. 10. Regional Action Plan – What came up? •Scope to feed into national initiatives – e.g. BITC Code of Practice •Interest in partnership work and capacity building with migrant community groups •Many migrants settling long-term – potentially different policy priorities •Plenty of local initiatives – need to better communicate information from local to national level
    11. 11. Regional Action Plan – Who & When? •Sets out a series of actions for the next three years 2010 – 2012 •Includes both small-scale short-term actions, and longer-term more innovative aspirational actions •Covers delivery by regional rather than local organisations but includes actions around capacity building and infrastructure support for the local level
    12. 12. Regional Action Plan – What? •Regional & Local Structures – Developing stronger partnership working at local level •Economy, Skills & Employer Engagement – Utilisation of migrant workers skills & preventing creation of second tier workforce – Keeping employers informed & encouraging responsible employment
    13. 13. Regional Action Plan – What? •Supporting Migrant Workers – Supporting advice services for migrants – Expanding accessible English provision •Responsive Public Services – Mainstreaming the needs of migrant workers – Adapting public services to migration
    14. 14. Challenges •Change in government priorities •Public expenditure cuts •Possible change in regional structures •Integration of long-term settlers •New migrant communities
    15. 15. Migrant Workers Network •One of the priorities in the Action Plan – set up in November 2008 •Acts as a voice for migrants at regional level and enables Migrant Community Groups to share experiences •Migrant Leadership Event – January 2010
    16. 16. New Project – Migrant Communication Strategy •Part of a national project led by Migrant Rights Network •Recruitment of 5 volunteers from the migrant community to act as community advocates •Use of electronic media to record migrant experiences – particular focus on exploitation •National report – November 2010