About

About

The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) is a think tank and an educational institute 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. CMS was established in 1964 and formally incorporated in 1969 by the Congregation of the Missionaries of St. Charles, Scalabrinians, a community of Catholic priests, nuns and lay people dedicated to serving migrants and refugees throughout the world. CMS is a member of the Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN), a global network of migrant shelters, service centers and other institutions along migrant corridors and in border and destination communities, and the Scalabrini Migration Study Centers, a network of think-tanks on international migration and refugee protection.

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), essays, 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 faith-based institutions.
  • Maintenance of an extensive archive with collections that cover 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 and community-based organizations; and other civil society groups. It enjoys consultative status at the United Nations, and regularly participates and intervenes in UN processes.