The International Migration Research Centre is a research centre whose mandate is to serve as a focal point for debate, research, policy analysis, and proposal development related to international migration and mobility at the global, national and regional scale.

The Centre will establish research relationships and seminars encouraging involvement with all Laurier faculties including Arts, Social Work and SBE. Activities conducted under this mandate include sponsoring research, assisting with the development of research proposals, conducting seminars, organizing and conducting conferences, and linking members of the business community, community organizations and governmental actors with academic scholars and scholarship.

The Centre will foster research in the areas of new policy development and alternative models and practices of managing both temporary and permanent forms of international migration. The mission will be to develop and sponsor research linkages and activities with scholars throughout Laurier and share and discuss the implications of this research with nongovernmental and governmental actors and representatives (e.g. Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Human Resources and Social Development Canada, Kitchener-Waterloo Multiculturalism Centre, Waterloo Region Immigrant Employment Network (WRIEN), The Working Centre, etc.).