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Migration Impact Forum

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how often the Migration Impacts Forum has met; who attended the meetings; what information it has provided on the impacts of migration on communities and public services; what advice it has provided on cohesion and integration issues; and if she will make a statement. (190119)

The Migration Impacts Forum (MIF) has met three times, twice in 2007 and once in 2008. Minutes of the MIF meetings, including details of those attending, and all relevant papers are publicly available at:

www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk

and

www.communities.gov.uk

The purpose of the Migration Impacts Forum (MIF) is to provide a forum for proper, regular and organised dialogue with interested parties outside central Government, focussed on the wider impacts associated with migration experienced by local areas. It:

Considers information from forum members about the transitional impacts and/or adjustment requirements which derive from migration

Identifies and shares good practice in managing transitional or adjustment requirements

Brings together existing evidence about the impacts of migration

Suggests areas for Government research on the impacts of migration

The Forum meets quarterly and is chaired jointly by a Home Office and a Communities and Local Government Minister.