SIMI Talk with Mary Brown


With Mary Brown, director of the archives of the Center for Migration Studies, we talk about how the presence of Scalabrinians in North America has changed from the first mission to today as well as of the importance of research and study in pastoral care. Mary Brown received her doctorate in 1987 from Columbia University in the City of New York partly on the strength of her dissertation on Italian Catholics in the Archdiocese of New York from 1880 to 1930, which focused on how parishes persisted and adapted across generations. She has continued to research and write in that [...]

SIMI Talk with Mary Brown2024-03-04T14:16:41+00:00

SIMI TalkJulia Young


With Julia Young we address the issue of migration flows from Mexico to the United States through a historical analysis of the phenomenon. Julia G. Young is a historian of migration, Mexico and Latin America, and Catholicism in the Americas at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  She has published scholarly articles in The Americas, The Catholic Historical Review, Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, Modernism, and the Journal on Migration and Human Security. She is the author of the prize-winning book, Mexican Exodus: Emigrants, Exiles, and Refugees of the Cristero War (Oxford University Press, 2015). She co-edited Local Church, Global Church: Catholic Activism in Latin America from Rerum Novarum to [...]

SIMI TalkJulia Young2024-01-22T14:53:40+00:00

Rethinking Internal Displacement


Laker, Frederick (2022). Rethinking Internal Displacement. Geo-political Games, Fragile States and the Relief Industry. New York: Berghahn Books. 298 pp. (in Studi Emigrazione, LX, n. 230, 2023 - ISSN 0039-2936). Internal displacement has created an unprecedent challenge for the international community. As former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon already stated in 2013, overcrowded relief camps are arguably «the most significant humanitarian challenge that we face». To date, the situation has not improved with the global number of internally displaced people (IDPs) reaching an all-time high of 59.1 million people at the end of 2021. Of these, 53.2 million were [...]

Rethinking Internal Displacement2024-01-24T15:20:33+00:00

Meeting of bishops and national delegates for migration – Szombathely


A meeting of the Migration and Refugee Section of the Commission for Social Pastoral Care of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE), was held in Szombathely, Hungary, from November 12 to 14. "Free to choose whether to migrate or stay" was the theme of the meeting, which, echoing that of this year's World Migrant and Refugee Day, offered an in-depth reflection on the meaning and possibilities of the freedom to decide whether to begin a migration journey or to stay in one's own land. The meeting was attended by national migration directors at different bishops' conferences in Europe, presenting their [...]

Meeting of bishops and national delegates for migration – Szombathely2023-12-01T17:50:48+00:00

SIMI Talk con Marla


Luca Agostini, intern at SIMI, interviews Maruja M.B. Asis about migration in the Asia Pacific Region and the activities and research carry out by the Scalabrini Migration Center, based in Manila. Maruja M.B. Asis is Director of the Scalabrini Migration Center, based in Manila, Philippines, and Editor of the Asian and Pacific Migration Journal. She is a sociologist with more than 30 years of research experience on international migration and social transformation in Asia.  Her research and publications explore the themes of gender, family and migration; migration and development; and migration governance. She has served as a member [...]

SIMI Talk con Marla2023-07-04T13:44:08+00:00

SIMI Talks con Davide Pignata


Luca Agostini, intern at SIMI, interviews Davide Pignata about the situation on Europe's hot borders and ASCS onlus' Borders project. Davide Pignata is a philosophy major and graduate student in civil and sustainable economics. Since October 2022, he has been the contact person for ASCS’s Borders project, which aims to expand ASCS’s presence at the hot borders of European migration routes. Alongside this project, Davide is doing an internship with Tranform!europe, with a focus on migration to the European continent.

SIMI Talks con Davide Pignata2023-05-02T14:27:25+00:00

(Italiano) SIMI Talks con Graziano Battistella


Con Padre Graziano Battistella, cs segretario generale della Congregazione Scalabriniana ci prepariamo alla ricorrenza dei 135 anni dalla fondazione della Congregazione e presentiamo la nuova biografia sul vescovo di Piacenza, Scalabrini. Il santo dei migranti. Graziano Battistella, già preside del SIMI e direttore dello Scalabrini Migration Center (SMC) a Quezon City (Filippine), è postulatore generale, consigliere e segretario generale della Congregazione dei Missionari di San Carlo – Scalabriniani.

(Italiano) SIMI Talks con Graziano Battistella2023-02-13T14:43:04+00:00

(Italiano) SIMI Talks con Giovanni Terragni


With Father Giovanni Terragni, cs in charge of the General Archives of the Scalabrinian Congregation, we retrace the history of St. John Baptist Scalabrini. Giovanni Terragni completed his theological studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University and earned a degree in Canon Law at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He was an assistant to university students at the Toniolo boarding school in Rome, an assistant and professor at the Scalabrini-O'Brien high school in Cermenate (Co), and a collaborator at Stella Maris in Genoa. For sixteen years he served emigrants in Switzerland as director of Catholic [...]

(Italiano) SIMI Talks con Giovanni Terragni2024-02-06T12:43:14+00:00
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