Centre for Migrant and Refugee Research


The Centre for Migrant and Refugee Research (CMRR), undertakes, promotes and distributes research that advances understanding of issues that can improve access to healthcare and promote good health among the migrant and refugee populations in New Zealand. Formerly known as the Centre for Asian and Migrant Health Research, the Centre was established in 2003 within the National Institute for Public Health and Mental Health Research. In 2011, the Centre was re-named, removing the words 'Asian' and 'Health' and adding 'Refugee'. The rationale behind the name change was to reflect the diversity of migrant populations that are resident on the North Shore and wider Auckland and national communities that AUT serves, as well as capturing AUT's ongoing relationship with the refugee sector.

A core aim of the CMRR is to conduct research with migrant populations, with particular emphasis on studies relevant to public and community health development. As part of this work, collaborative links have been, and are being, developed and strengthened with other academic institutions, government, non-government organisations, and migrant and refugee communities; for example, the signing of a memorandum of understanding to partner in research with Refugees as Survivors New Zealand in 2011. All information and research findings are widely disseminated to inform policy development, health care providers, health professionals, students, policy makers and the wider community. The Centre is also committed to contributing to the development of the migrant health research workforce.


To provide academic leadership through conducting and supporting migrant research that advances knowledge and contributes both to the health and wellbeing of people living in Aotearoa New Zealand and international understandings of migration and health.

Centre Priorities

1. Consult and collaborate with service communities to plan and undertake migrant and refugee research
2. Establish and develop programmes of migration research
3. Develop the Centre as a hub for postgraduate education and research training
4. Provide a forum for the translation and dissemination of migrant and refugee research across AUT

Key Staff