Northern Ireland Strategic Migration Partnership

Northern Ireland Strategic Migration Partnership (NISMP)

The Northern Ireland Strategic Migration Partnership (NISMP) was established in 2011 to provide strategic leadership, advisory and coordination functions for migration in Northern Ireland to enable its public, private and third sector partners to develop an appropriate national Northern Ireland migration policy structure. The issue of migration is becoming more important to Northern Ireland, as is the need to communicate the region’s strategic interests to Government and policy makers alike (particularly within the fast-changing legislative environment and in view of the UK’s exit from the EU).

Cllr Terry Andrews (NMD), Cllr Robert Burgess (NMD), Cllr Ian Friary (MEA), Ald Robert Gibson (AND), Ald Yvonne Boyle (CCG), Ian Getgood (DfE), Malcolm Wood (Home Office), Tony Steed (NIHE), Patricia Quinn-Duffy (DoH) Jo Marley (Bryson), Michael Donnelly (DfC), Debbie Murphy (TEO), Jacqueline Irwin (CRC), Andrew Dawson (DoH), Trish McMonagle (Home Office), Ursula O’Hare (Law Centre), Siobhan Broderick (TEO), Orla McStravick (TEO), Russell Hampton (PSNI) and Kevin Doherty (ICTU). 



The role of the NISMP is to provide a focal point and conduit for migration matters in Northern Ireland across government, political parties and the community & voluntary sector. Its overall role is to foster collaboration between the Home Office, NI Executive & government departments, NILGA, councils, political parties, the voluntary & community sector and other NISMP partners to ensure that appropriate provisions on migration are understood and fully considered across all sectors in Northern Ireland and to ensure that services, law & policy reflect the needs of migrant communities.

• Provide a regional voice on legislative & policy issues on migration
• Support the integration of migrant communities in Northern Ireland.
• Improve service delivery around the asylum accommodation contract
• Collaborate with other SMPs and stakeholders to improve the migrant’s experience


The NISMP works with local government and other stakeholders to support the retention and integration of migrants in a way that promotes social cohesion and future economic growth.  

NISMP Partnership Officer - Mary Kerr -

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