The PIPS Displacement & Migration Studies Centre (DMSC) was founded in mid-2021. Its establishment was the evolution of a core area of focus for Pak Institute for Peace Studies.

Pakistan has been home to millions of refugees, almost exclusively from Afghanistan. Over the last two decades, Pakistan has also faced extensive internal displacement, mainly on account of armed conflict and natural disasters.

The Center was borne out of a realization of acute lack of an independent, dedicated and credible research organization focused on forced displacement and migration despite a near omnipresent context of internal and cross-border forced displacement at least over the past four decades.

The flagship publication of the Centre would be its annual report, the Displacement and Migration Monitor.  The Centre would also produce policy briefs and research reports.