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The West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership (WMSMP) was established following the Asylum and Immigration Act 1999 to oversee the policy of asylum dispersal. Although, the partnership’s role has expanded to other streams of migration since our inception this still remains a core strand of our work.

Asylum dispersal is the policy of providing destitute asylum seekers with support and accommodation. The accommodation aspect of this support is provided on a no choice basis to local authorities who have agreed to be an asylum dispersal area. The policy of asylum dispersal is designed to ease potential pressure on services by accommodating asylum seekers outside of the South East and London.

Accommodation is currently sourced under what are known as the COMPASS contracts which are overseen by the Home Office. The contract holder for the West Midlands is currently G4S, who operate the procurement and delivery of dispersal accommodation in the participating local authorities.