Resettlement of refugees and people seeking asylum is essential to ensuring a humane and equitable future.
The aim of this research program is to coordinate and support interdisciplinary research on issues relating primarily to the resettlement and social integration of refugees and asylum seekers. Resettlement generally refers to the transfer of refugees from an asylum country to another state that has agreed to admit them and ultimately grant them permanent settlement. Only a small number of states, including the United States, Canada, Australia and the Nordic countries, participate in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' resettlement program. Because there are often language and cultural challenges for those resettled to another country, services and programs are needed to facilitate integration. Such services and programs may deal with cultural orientation, language and vocational training, and help provide access to education and employment.
This program draws together a number of researchers working in this field, including those involved with the University’s Researchers for Asylum Seekers network, to examine which programs and services best assist with the social integration of refugees both in Australia and in the Asia-Pacific region.
The work of the program leaders is supported and informed by the Refugee, Forced Migration and Statelessness Steering Group, which they co-chair with Professor Michelle Foster (Director, Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness, Melbourne Law School).
- Dr Jennifer Balint, School of Social and Political Sciences
- Professor Joy Damousi, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies
- Lis de Vries, Department of Social Work
- Dr Samantha Dieckmann, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
- Charlene Edwards, Melbourne Social Equity Institute
- Professor Erika Feller, Melbourne School of Government
- Professor Nick Haslam, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
- Professor Lesleyanne Hawthorne, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
- Professor Susan Kneebone, Melbourne Law School,
- Professor Pookong Kee, Asia Institute
- Dr Elizabeth Lakey, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Dr Claire Loughnan, School of Social and Political Sciences
- Professor Julie McLeod, Melbourne Graduate School of Education
- Dr Celia McMichael, School of Geography
- Professor Harry Minas, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
- Associate Professor Anoma Pieris, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
- Dr Jay Song, Asia Institute