The first two Scalabrinian missions arrived in Japan in September of 2003. Now, three missions minister in the Dioceses of Tokyo and Saitama to Filipino, Brazilian and Latin American migrants. In addition to the chaplaincies, in 2006, the Scalabrinian Missionaries became “assistant directors” of the Catholic Tokyo International Center (CTIC), a support center for migrants and refugees. It was established in 1990 as a commemorative institution for the centenary celebration of the Archdiocese of Tokyo.
Currently, the Scalabrinians are involved in Japan through their support of CTIC. Together, they provide an integration program for migrants and refugees, which provides assistance and support so that they can easily integrate into Japanese society and forge a good relationship with fellow Japanese; several Catholic Church communities, where collaboration is encouraged to create openness among the local churches so that regardless of cultural differences, the whole community can demonstrate its care for each other; and an Advocacy Program, which promotes respect for human rights and dignity regardless of nationality, culture, religion, gender or social status.
In June 2002, Formation House was opened in Mbaumuku, Ruteng Flores, at the St. Aloysius Retreat House. Two years later, a House for Philosophy in Maumere, Flores, was opened, thus completing the Formation Program in Indonesia.
The Scalabrinians first arrived in the capital city of Manila in 1982 to support the Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (ECMI), a division of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines. Scalabrinians also set up a Formation Program to sustain their work throughout the years and train others in their ways.
Currently, there are 14 missionaries working with migrants and training new missionaries in the Manila and Cebu formation centers. The Scalabrinians also run the Scalabrini Migration Center (SMC) of Manila; the Scalabrini Center for People on the Move in Manila; the Apostleship of the Sea of Manila; the National Coordination in the Ministry to People-on-the-Move at the Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants; as well as 3 Formation Houses in Cebu and Manila.
The Catholic Church began helping foreign workers living in Taiwan the 1970’s. In 1975, the Stella Maris International Seafarer’s Center was created in Kaohsiung. In 1994, the first two Scalabrinian missionaries arrived in Taiwan from the Philippines.
Currently, the Scalabrinians run the Migrant Workers’ Concerns desk and the Scalabrini Migration Center, both in Taipei; the Stella Maris International Service Center and the Apostleship of the Sea, both in Kaohsiung; as well as a parish in each aforementioned city.