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Introduction

The Mellon Centre for Migration Studies (MCMS) was established in its present form in 1998. It developed from the previous Centre for Emigration Studies at the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, bringing together and building on 3 main elements: the Library, established in the early 1980s; the Irish Emigration Database Project, begun in 1988; and the Masters degree in Irish Migration Studies, taught since 1996. Vision and Mission The Mellon Centre for Migration Studies vision is that of 'an informed community, confidently and creatively engaged with its migration history, culture and heritage'. The MCMS mission is 'to serve the community as a leading international institution for the study of human migration, focusing on the peoples of Ireland world-wide'. The MCMS is managed by the Scotch-Irish Trust of Ulster through a sub-committee called MCMS Management Committee. The following partner institutions are represented on the Management Committee:

Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (formerly the Department of Education); LibrariesNI; The Queen's University of Belfast; The University of Ulster and Enterprise Ulster.

The MCMS Director is responsible to the Management Committee.

Click here to listen to our Director, Dr Brian Lambkin talk to Pat Jess on Irish Migration: changing, connecting and making places. Pat Jess used to teach for the Open University in Ireland. [Audio is courtesy of the Open University]