Agency Brief

Federation of Centers for Migration Studies
(Scalabrini Migration Center)

By Katrina


A. Title of agency or organization?
Federation of Centers for Migration Studies (Scalabrini Migration Center)

B. Where is home base (city/state/country)?
The Federation of Centers for Migration Studies home base is in New York, USA; however the FCM has five other centers distributed in major cities around the world, like New York, Paris, Rome, São Paulo, Buenos Aires and Manila. The Scalabrini Migration Center home base is in Manila, Philippines.

C. Date founded?
John Baptist Scalabrini, bishop, founder, and also considered to be the father of the Migrants. He was born on July 8th, 1839 at Fino Mornasco and he was the third of eight children.  Scalabrini became ordained to the priesthood in 1863 at the age of 24.   In 1887, Scalabrini founded three institutions for migrants in Italy. Being an emigrant himself, he felt that this was something that he had to do.
Federation of Centers for Migration Studies founded in New York in 1969

D. Names of key spokespersons/officers
For Scalabrini Migration Center:John Baptist Scalabrini, the founder
For the Federation of Centers for Migration Studies:
It is represented by Dr. Eva Sandis.
Rev. Joseph Fugolo, c.s. is the Executive Director.
Rev. René Maneti, c.s. is the Assistant Director.
Dr. Donald Heisel is Director of Research.
As of February 15, 2004, Dr. Mark J. Miller, the Emma Smith Morris Professor of Political
Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware, who has been
managing editor of the International Migration Review since 1984, succeeded Rev. Lydio
Tomasi,c.s., Ph.D. as editor Migration Review. Rev. Tomasi, joined Rev. Silvano Tomasi,
c.s., Ph.D., as Editor Emeritus of the journal.

E. What/who is key constituency or audience?
The key audience is the immigrants themselves.

F. What are the agency’s main activities?
The center engages in research, publications, documentation, advocacy, networking and special programs which studies human migration and refugee movements from and within Asia.

G. Mission statement?
“The Federation of Centers for Migration Studies "G.B. Scalabrini" unites the objectives and works of six centers entirely devoted to deepening the understanding of migration in all its aspects. Distributed in major cities in the world, like New York, Paris, Rome, São Paulo, Buenos Aires and Manila, the centers are in an ideal position to monitor the development of international migration.

All centers are organized in similar departments, dedicated to research, specialized publications - including periodical, monographs and occasional papers - a documentation department, conferences and other educational activities.

FCMS draws inspiration from G. B. Scalabrini, who awoke the interest of public opinion on the vicissitudes of migrants, fought for better legislation on their behalf and left a group of followers who continue his vision through social centers, educational institutes, homes for the aged, formation and spiritual assistance.”

H. What are the key im/migration issues of concern to this agency?
The key issue of concern to this agency is helping migrants find a better life. Some are going to different countries to have a better life but end up worse off. Many women end up in prostitution, families are torn apart, and immigrants are being treated poorly in many parts of the world.

I. What appears to be the most common informational basis for statements issued, press releases, reports, etc.?
The most common information is abuse of Asian female migrants. Many Asian migrants are being stripped on their identification and placed in prostitution, forced to become married, and even enslaved.

J. Any publications? (what types, sample titles; if online, give links)
Can find Asian Immigrant editorials in FCMS periodicals on:
Can also find New Publications under “announcements” on:

K. Give at least one citation of this agency in a newspaper article
“The majority of older Filipino immigrants have adjusted well. They learned to deal with the demands of living in America and the stresses from changes in family interactions and cultural expectations.”
“Preventing Depression Among the Elderly”
December 2004
Filipinas News

L. Other issues of interest?
There are many organizations that are part of the FCMS that their main concern is about migration and refugee freedom from constraints opposed by the governments around the world.

M. Is the agency noticeably pro or con immigration?
This agency is pro immigration.

N. Web site? Give URL



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