Europe

See our projects in Europe.

Belgium

The Scalabrinians arrived in Belgium in the 1960’s to assist Italian migrants employed in the iron, steel and coal industries. Belgium’s multicultural society has certainly benefitted from the Scalabrinians’ continuous efforts here and will continue to do so in the future, as the Scalabrinian presence here remains strong.

Currently, Scalabrinians run 3 multicultural chaplaincies in La Louvière, Marchienne-au-Pont, and Quaregnon.

France

The Scalabrinians arrived in France before World War II to support Italian migrants settling in the country, who were suffering the widespread political unrest that followed the termination of the First World War. Several decades later, the Scalabrinians were excited to incorporate new, dynamic elements in the foundation of the Centre d ́Information et d ́Études sur les Migrations Internationales (CIEMI) in Paris in 1975, which influenced French immigration policy and European lawmakers.

Currently, the Scalabrinians support and run a variety of intercultural ministries through 12 different chaplaincies across the country, in Grenoble, Hayange, Herserange, Marseille, Paris, Pierrelaye, St. Etienne, St. Ouen L’Aumône and Villeurbanne.

Germany

Scalabrinian service in Germany is tied to the massive inflow of Italian workers, which began in 1957 during the Post-WWII economic boom. Traditionally, Germany has been a leader in the European economic system, providing employment and social services for those who cannot find aid at their home countries. Today, Italians migrants represent one of the largest foreign populations in the country.

Currently, the Scalabrinians run 11 chaplaincies, including those in Frankfurt, Köln,Ludwigsburg, Munich, Stuttgart and Waiblingen.

Italy

Among other European nations, Italy is known as a country of both immigration and emigration. Its southern border and the isle of Lampedusa have become famous in recent years as thousands of migrants attempt to cross from Tunisia and northern Africa to Europe. Regional conflict has fuelled an increase in those seeking work and asylum in Italy and, from there, other countries.

Currently, the Scalabrinians run 10 parishes in Brescia, Milan, Osimo, Ravenna, Reggio Calabria, Rivergaro, Roma, and Siponto; 6 Pastoral Care Centers for migrants in Bassano del Grappa, Brescia, Piacenza, Roma, and Siponto; an Apostleship of the Sea in Ravenna; a Center for Migration Studies (CSER) in Rome; and 3 Formation Houses in Bassano del Grappa and Rome.

Luxembourg

Scalabrinian efforts in this traditionally wealthy country began in 1946 in the southern mining basin of Esch-sur-Alzette. The Scalabrinians were successful in serving the Italian migrants who arrived in search of employment; in later years as with today, the Scalabrinians have refocused their efforts to serve current at-risk migrant populations, most notably the Portuguese.

Currently, the Scalabrinians run 5 chaplaincies in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg Ville and Schieren.

Portugal

The Scalabrinians have assisted Portuguese migrants communities abroad since 1965 in Argentina, Uruguay, United States, Canada, France, Luxembourg, Italy and Australia. The Scalabrinians began working within the country in 1971, opening a Catholic seminary and establishing a multicultural parish in Amora, under the Dioceses of Setubal. Since 2000, the Congregation has worked in tandem with the Portuguese Catholic Service for Migration of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Portugal.

Currently, the Scalabrinians run a parish in Amora.

Switzerland

The Scalabrinians have worked in Switzerland since the 1970’s, working with local and international entities to support the Centro Studi e Ricerche per l ́Emigrazione (CSERPE) in Basel as well as to organize theology classes for Italian lay people. In 2006, the Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN) opened its representation office at the United Nations and International Organizations in Geneva.

Currently, the Scalabrinians run 11 chaplaincies in Affoltern Am Albis, Basel, Bern, Chur, Genève, Rorschach, Sankt Gallen, and Solothurn; the Center for Migration Studies of Basel (CSERPE); and the Representation Office of the Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN) in Geneva, where one can often find SIMN’s executive director, Leonir Chiarello, hard at work.

United Kingdom

Along with other countries such as the United States and Germany, the UK is a popular destination for asylum seekers and migrants. Since the early 1950’s, the Scalabrinians have been providing services to Italians migrants in large cities.

Currently, the Scalabrinians run 5 chaplaincies in Bedford, London, Woking and Peterborough; publish a biweekly magazine and run an Assistance Center for elders in Shenley.