The International Center for Refugees and Migration Studies, ICRMS, was established in 2017 with the support of UNHCR. The center is a dedicated research and policy institute located at BUITEMS, a premier academic institution in Balochistan. BUITEMS, in partnership with UNHCR, seeks to build on each other’s strength a resource base for knowledge and expertise on the issues related to migration and displacement. The center engages in building the Afghan refugee population’s building capacity, research, and awareness through public lectures on refugees and displacement issues. The center aims to address some of the significant challenges refugees face in Pakistan, including identity-crisis, tertiary and vocational education opportunities, social intolerance, and want for capacity building. The vision of ICRMS is congruous with UNHCR works, and priorities that include safety and protection, and access to educational services. The center also encourages policy dialogue on refugee protection and promotes social cohesion between refugees and host communities. This research institute serves as the repository of information on refugees and migration issues and works for data analysis and information dissemination to wider audiences. This is achieved through research on immigrant issues, periodic public talks, advocacy and policy suggestions, and capacity building for the refugee population.

Vision & Mission

International Center for Refugee and Migration Studies (ICRMS) is a dedicated research and policy institute. The center aims to address some key challenges refugees face in Pakistan, including identity crisis, social intolerance, want for capacity building, and access to basic services such as tertiary and vocational education, health services, and justice. The institute serves as a repository of information on refugees, migrants, and internally displaced persons (IDPs). At the International Center for Refugee and Migration Studies, we are committed to generating interdisciplinary, collaborative, and policy-relevant research on how human mobility is shaped and reshaped by social, political, and economic landscapes in which it takes place at the local, regional, and global levels.

Core Values

International Center for Refugees and Migration Studies (ICRMS) strives to produce interdisciplinary research on mass-human mobility and displacements. Revisiting and reshaping policies are among the core responsibilities of the center. It helps policy practitioners make well-informed decisions and frame inclusive policies.  Advocacy and capacity-building tasks are carried out to bridge the gap between host and refugee communities and strengthen the resilience of refugee communities. 


  • To generate interdisciplinary research on migration, refugees, and the displaced population at national and international levels.
  • To provide a comprehensive perspective on the causes, patterns, and socio-economic consequences of population mobility and movements at the local, regional and global levels.
  • To investigate and analyze the social, economic, legal, political, health, and psychological dimensions of human mobility.
  • To recommend policy-relevant frameworks and propose solutions for the government and relevant development agencies to make informed decisions regarding the legal and humanitarian instrument that deals with migrants and refugees.
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