Harry Minas, Program Director

Welcome to the Melbourne Refugee Studies Program (MRSP),

The Melbourne Refugee Studies Program (MRSP) is a University of Melbourne initiative that intends to make a constructive contribution to discussion and decision-making concerning asylum seeker and refugee policies and programs in Australia and internationally. Establishment of the program was announced in an email to University staff by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis, on 28 February 2014.

MRSP will promote and support the development of asylum seeker and refugee policies and programs that are informed by the best available evidence, meet Australia's international obligations, and respond to asylum seekers in ways that are consistent with Australia's proud history of leadership in migration, refugee and asylum seeker matters. The work of MRSP will support the development of a more constructive national consensus on asylum seeker and refugee policies and programs.

MRSP will operate as a collaborative program across the University with a Secretariat located in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. It will draw on the deep expertise and commitment of the University's academic and professional staff and students, support collaboration and exchange across faculties and schools, engage with leading asylum seeker and refugee programs across Australia and internationally, and engage the broader community in informed public discussion that will support and inform the development of effective and ethical asylum-seeker and refugee policies and programs.

MRSP is now in establishment phase. A core feature of the program will be a comprehensive engagement and communications strategy that will promote informed discussion concerning refugee policies and programs among researchers and educators, policy-makers; service providers; asylum seeker and refugee organisations; and the general community.

We invite you to become involved. Please go to the registration page to register your interest and let us know how you would wish to be involved. Alternatively please contact us.

Harry Minas, Program Director

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