Welcome to Asylum
Welcome to Asylum, the Melbourne Refugee Studies Program (MRSP) blog. The blog is intended as a space for discussing policy, programs and any other issues of importance to asylum seekers and refugees. It is for posting your ideas and initiatives, for sharing research and reports, and for posting information about public forums and events. We welcome all who are interested in asylum seeker and refugee policies and programs to contribute – researchers, educators, students, health, social services and legal professionals, those who work in community agencies providing services to asylum seekers and refugees, policy makers, program managers…. We hope, above all, that it becomes a place where refugees and asylum seekers can directly express their views and experiences, and contribute to the continuing discussion of asylum seeker and refugee issues that currently rarely include the voices of the people being discussed.
The Melbourne Refugee Studies Program is a University of Melbourne Initiative that aims to reach out far beyond the confines of the university. Our aim is to inform and support the development of effective and ethical asylum seeker and refugee policies and programs, by contributing to a better-informed discussion, one that gets beyond slogans and pre-conceptions and focuses on evidence, and on what ought to be the ethical foundations for decision-making.
There are urgent issues requiring immediate attention, such as the PNG Supreme Court decision and its implications for off-shore processing, and the tragic self-immolation by two young refugees in Nauru – Mr Omid Masoumali and Ms Hodan Yasin. There are also critically important mid- and long-term issues requiring well-informed and sustained consideration.
The decisions we make, both in the short- and longer-term, will define who we are as a nation.
We invite you to contribute.
Harry Minas and Arnold Zable
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