About Us

The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) is an educational institute/think tank devoted to the study of international migration, to the promotion of understanding between immigrants and receiving communities, and to public policies that safeguard the dignity and rights of migrants, refugees and newcomers (www.cmsny.org). CMS was established in 1964 and formally incorporated in 1969 by the Congregation of the Missionaries of St. Charles, Scalabrinians, an international community of Catholic priests, nuns and lay people dedicated to serving migrants and refugees. CMS is a member of the Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN), a global network of more than 270 entities that provide services to migrants, including shelters along migrant corridors and welcoming (integration) centers in receiving communities.

CMS operates as a legally distinct, tax-exempt agency, with an independent board of trustees. It carries out its mission in five principal ways:
• Publication of journals (including the International Migration Review and the Journal on Migration and Human Security), books, conference proceedings and other papers.
• Sponsorship of conferences, meetings, briefings, symposia and dialogues.
• Production of evidence-based, policy-relevant research.
• Provision of expert support to local, national and international institutions, particularly faith-based institutions.
• Maintenance of extensive archives on the history of immigration in the United States.

CMS works with policy-makers on international, regional, national and local levels; scholars and researchers; faith-based groups; non-governmental organizations; and other civil society organizations. CMS enjoys consultative status at the United Nations.