This report by Leeds Migration Partnership was written to quantify and articulate growing concerns that many parts of the third sector supporting migrant communities are under threat.
About Leeds Migration Partnership
Leeds Migration Partnership was formed in 2010 as a way to bring together the statutory and third sectors working with migrants, to alleviate pressures and prevent any negative impacts of migration on the city and its services.
Chaired by Bishop John Packer, and initially funded through the 18 month Migrant Impact Fund, the partnership has commissioned a number of joint projects and activities that targeted specific areas relating to migrant communities in Leeds: access to services, capacity building, cohesion, education, interpretation and financial inclusion.
About the report
The "State of the Migrant Third Sector" report was written to quantify and articulate growing concerns that many parts of the third sector supporting migrant communities are under threat. A full copy of the report can be downloaded at the foot of the page.
Key findings from the report include:
- There is strong evidence from leading sources, including UN population estimations, that patterns of increasing migration and rapid demographic change are likely to continue in all major cities of Western Europe.
- Leeds does not have the largest numbers of migrants in the UK, but outside of London it does have the most diversity in terms of country of origin, presenting a challenge for service providers in terms of service planning, due regard to equality and cultural sensitivity.
- The third sector plays a vital role across Leeds in working with the statutory sector to provide the best outcomes possible for all communities, and the migrant third sector is equally vital to the city in its work with migrant communities.
- The migrant third sector is facing unprecedented funding cuts across many of the key organisations and services it currently provides through national or charitable funding sources. An estimated £1.5m will be lost from the migrant third sector in Leeds on 1 April 2014.
- Whilst recognising the public sector in Leeds is also facing unprecedented funding cuts, and is seeking to cut the budgets of many of its existing services and commissioned activities, there are some significant gaps that could be addressed by investing in third sector provisions, that could prevent poorer outcomes for some vulnerable migrants and also save money in the longer term.
- Disinvestment in the migrant third sector over a number of years and a disjointed approach from the local third sector infrastructure, the migrant third sector is unnecessarily fragmented and requires some support to maximise its potential.
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