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Curtin University
Humanities: Research and Graduate Studies

Migration Ethnicity Refugees and Citizenship Research Unit

The Migration Ethnicity, Refugees and Citizenship (MERC) Research Unit (RU), which is located within the Australia Research Institute at Curtin University, in the Faculty of Humanities was established in October 2001.

MERC RU conducts and coordinates research into the historical, economic, social, health, cultural, heritage, ethnic, citizenship and artistic impact of forced and voluntary immigrants to Australia from first contacts with indigenous peoples in 1606. It also brings an overseas, local, state, national and international perspectives to its research focus. Essential elements of MERC operations are community links and service, practical relevance, social justice, ethical behaviour and theory development. MERC RU supports the University's emphasis on cultural diversity and informed respect for indigenous and other peoples. MERC RU was established to increase understanding of the causes and consequences of forced and voluntary migration and the preservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

MERC RU strives to reach its aims by placing a high priority on: