Refugees and Migration in Milton Keynes

Migration and refugees are topics that is of interest to many people. This page provides an FAQ of the situation in MK.

What is the international long-term migration to Milton Keynes?

What is Milton Keynes Council's commitment to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children or unaccompanied refugee children that can be supported by the council?

What is Milton Keynes Council's commitment to Syrian refugees?

Are there any people in eligible housing need that will be displaced by refugees coming to Milton Keynes?

Will the Council use its housing powers to accommodate refugees, so they get a service ‘out of turn’?

 

 

 

What is the international long-term migration to Milton Keynes?

International Long term migration to Milton keynes is illustrated in the following table.

Long-Term International Migration - in and out of Milton Keynes

Indicator

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Long-Term International Inflow per 1,000 resident population

7.7

5.9

6.1

8.5

8.5

9.8

Long-Term International Outflow per 1,000 resident population

6.4

7.0

7.0

5.9

6.0

5.1

Net change in total population due to international migration

0.13% Increase

0.11% Decrease

0.09% Decrease

0.26% Increase

0.25% Increase

0.47% Increase

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What is Milton Keynes Council's commitment to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children or unaccompanied refugee children that can be supported by the council?

No estimates of the number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children or unaccompanied refugee children (USACs/URC) that can be supported by the council has been sought or given. Under the national protocol, 0.007% of the total Children and Young People (C&YP) population is used as a guide to understand capacity. This produces a cap in Milton Keynes of 46. In the last two years the council has at all times been over 90% of this cap in the number of USACs/URC supported and at times has been over this figure.   Back to top

What is Milton Keynes Council's commitment to Syrian refugees?

The council resolved in September 2015 that Milton Keynes should take its fair share, agreeing to join the Government programme as a full participant. Refugees are people who come from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees list of families needing humanitarian protection. Refugees are not ‘Asylum Seekers’ or usual migrants. Refugees have a Humanitarian Visa, with the right to live and work in UK. The council aims to support them to integrate into the life of the Borough as soon as possible, so that they can be self-sufficient. Back to top

Are there any people in eligible housing need that will be displaced by refugees coming to Milton Keynes?

No. Support comes from an additionally funded programme. The programme is a government scheme, meeting commitments made to take some of the most vulnerable refugees from makeshift camps in countries like Jordan, where they have lived for much of the five-year civil war. Back to top

Will the Council use its housing powers to accommodate refugees, so they get a service ‘out of turn’?

No. Council Housing will not be used, but this small group of refugee families will be helped with accommodation. The council provides advice and information to all its current and potential residents and will not disrupt the Housing Options system, although refugees are vulnerable and in need. The council will support them with Government funding to find their feet after years of difficulties. Back to top

Last Updated: 2 November 2018