A roundtable titled, “Dynamics of Forced Migration in Pakistan: Addressing Internal Displacement & Refugee Movements” was convened by the NUST Centre for International Peace & Stability (CIPS) in collaboration with Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF), Pakistan Chapter, at NUST Islamabad campus, on October 10, 2019. Mr Igor Ivancic, Assistant Representative (Protection) at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) graced the occasion as the keynote speaker.
The event was divided into two sessions: the first session focused on “Pakistan’s Experience with Internal Displacement” and the second session’s discussion was devoted to “Exploring Durable Solutions to the Protracted Afghan Refugee Crisis in Pakistan.” The roundtable brought together eminent speakers with expertise in the domains of policy formulation & implementation, along with academics with thorough knowledge on the subject. The speakers highlighted the plight of forcibly displaced populations and the need for systematised policymaking with contextual considerations.
Drawing from the roundtable conference, the broad consensus crystalised that Pakistan’s management of the internally displaced and the refugees should be promulgated on more visible fora since Pakistan has extensive lessons and experiences to offer for countering the challenges posed by forced migration.