Metropolitan county located within the North West region of the UK, also referred to as the Manchester 'city-region'. Collaboration between local authorities is facilitated by the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA).
The city of Manchester and the towns of Bolton and Bury in the Greater Manchester region are profiled below. For more information on other towns and localities in the region, please visit the AGMA member authorities webpage at: www.agma.gov.uk/agma/authorities/index.html.
Manchester is 6th largest city in the UK and the largest in the North West region of the UK.
Population: 422,000. 23% identify as being from a minority ethnic background. Strong history of migrant settlement throughout 20th century and previously.
Economy: Historically a centre for manufacturing, now largely service-based economy with majority of employment in legal and financial services, health and social services and other professional/technical services. Fastest growing economy in the UK from 2007 to present.
University: Approximately 75,000 students attend the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.
Asylum & migration context: Manchester became a dispersal location when the national asylum dispersal programme was established in 2001. The city is home to several long-standing populations of migrant background, including those from the Caribbean, West Africa and South Asia, and newer migrant populations from Eastern Europe.
Established in 2005, Manchester Refugee Support Network (MRSN) is a refugee-led organisation focused on advocacy, advice and building the capacity of refugee communities. In 2006, MRSN developed the 'Refugee Charter for Manchester', now formally endorsed by over 100 organisations including Manchester City Council.
Local refugee resettlement programme established in 2009, since when 121 resettled refugees from Ethiopia, Iraq, Bhutan, Congo and Somalia have been received into in the city.
Economy: Traditionally a 'mill town' - a production centre for textiles - that experienced gradual industrial decline from the 1940s until the mid-1980s. Highest employment currently within the retail, manufacturing and service sectors.
University: Bolton Institute granted university status in 2004. Approximately 14,000 students, around 75% of whom are from Bolton and surrounding areas.
Asylum & migration context: Bolton became a dispersal location when the national asylum dispersal programme was established in 2001.
In 2004, became the first location in the North West region to establish a local refugee resettlement programme. Since then, 642 resettled refugees from Congo, Liberia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Mauritania, Burma (Karen), Iraq, Palestine, Bhutan and Somalia have been received by the town.
Bury is a small town in the North West region of the UK, approximately 11 miles North of Manchester.
Economy: As Bolton, Bury was historically a textile-producing 'mill town' that experienced post-war decline from the mid-1940s onwards.
University: The closest universities to Bury are in Bolton and Manchester. Bury College provides both academic and vocational qualifications for approximately 8000 students, the majority of whom are young adults aged 16-18 years.
Asylum & migration context: Bury became a dispersal location when the national asylum dispersal programme was established in 2001
Local refugee resettlement programme established in 2005, since when 162 resettled refugees from Sudan, Ethiopia, Mauritania, Burma (Karen), Iraq, Congo, Bhutan and Somalia have been received by the town.
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