South America

See our projects in South America.

Argentina

Since 1946, the Scalabrinians in Argentina have faced diverse and continuously evolving migration conflicts. Their work has benefitted a plethora of migrants, displaced people and refugees.

Currently, the Scalabrinians are running two Centers for Migrants in Mendoza and Rosario; the Apostleship of the Sea Center in Buenos Aires and the Center for Migration Studies of Buenos Aires (CEMLA); as well as 6 intercultural parishes across the country in Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Mendoza, Rosario and San Pedro de Jujuy.

New Projects

  • Developing and instituting a program to combat smuggling and trafficking in San Pedro de Jujuy.
  • Supporting the Centers for Migrants in Mendoza and Rosario.
  • Supporting the research programs of the Center for Migration Studies of Buenos Aires (CEMLA).
  • Developing a Capacity Building Program to promote citizens’ and migrants’ participation in integration policies.
  • Bolivia

    The multi-ethnic country of Bolivia is also home to extreme poverty and high unemployment rates and emigration. Scalabrinians are assisting emigrants abroad and promoting integration programs to improve the migrants’ conditions.

    Currently, the Scalabrinians are running the National Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Bolivia, as well as a Center for Migrants and a Parish in La Paz.

    New Projects

  • Supporting the services of the Center for Migrants in La Paz.
  • Brazil

    Early Scalabrinian pioneers were sent to Brazil in 1888 by Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini; since then, they have established intercultural parishes, schools, hospitals, migrant centers, orphanages, cooperatives, centers for the elderly, formation centers, missions and other social and cultural programs to protect and promote the dignity and rights of migrants and their families. Since the 1950’s, the Scalabrinians’ primary concerns are rampant internal migration and high prevalence of poverty. Currently, the Scalabrinians in Brazil are committed to helping immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean, especially those from Haiti; as well as migrants from African and European countries.

    The Scalabrinian presence is Brazil is great and their efforts include: 7 Centers for Migrants in Porto Alegre, Florianópolis, Curitiba, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Cuiabá and Manaus; 3 Seafarers Centers in Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande and Santos; 5 Formation Houses in Curitiba, Jundiaí, Porto Alegre, Passo Fundo, and São Paulo; 2 Vocational Centers in Passo Fundo and São Paulo; a Center for Migration Studies (CEM) in São Paulo; and 33 Parishes in Campo do Meio, Campos Novos, Candiota, Cascavel, Corumbá, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Encantado, Foz do Iguaçu, Guaporé, Guariba, Jundiaí, Manaus, Nova Bassano, Ponta Porã, Porto Alegre, Ribeirão Pires, Rio de Janeiro, Rondinha, Santo André, São Bernardo do Campo, São Miguel do Iguaçu, São Paulo, Sarandi, Serafina Correa, Rio Grande, Sobradinho, Umbará, and Vicente de Carvalho.

    New Projects

  • Training program for migrants in São Paulo and Porto Alegre.
  • Supporting programs and services of the Centers for Migrants.
  • Supporting the Apostleship of the Sea Centers in Rio de Janeiro, Santos and Rio Grande.
  • Developing a new integration program for migrant students in Porto Alegre.
  • Promoting a Pastoral Youth Leadership Program in Brazil.
  • Supporting Vocational and Formation Programs.
  • Supporting new programs within the Scalabrinian Communication Center and Web Radio.
  • Chile

    Since 1951, the Scalabrinians have supported the Institute of Pastoral Care for Migrants of the Conference of Catholic Bishops (INCAMI), while simultaneously assisting Italian migrants arriving in Chile. From 1970 to 1980, the Scalabrinians promoted social programs on behalf of Chilean emigrants and refugees; more recently, since the 1990s, they have been working to integrate new migrants to the country.

    Currently, the Scalabrinians run two Centers for Migrants in Santiago and Arica; the Scalabrinian Foundation and Scalabrini NGO in Santiago; three Scalabrinian Parishes in Santiago; the Department of Pastoral Care for Migrants in the Archdiocese of Santiago and the Institute of Pastoral Care for Migrants of the Conference of Catholic Bishops (INCAMI).

    New Projects

  • Implementing the Welcoming Center in Arica.
  • Supporting new training and labor integration programs for migrants.
  • Improving services and programs of the Center.
  • Colombia

    Since 1979, the Scalabrinians have promoted rural and urban development, youth education and integration programs for migrants and refugees.

    Currently, the Scalabrinians are running 3 Centers for Migrants, in Bogota, Cucuta and Ipiales; 5 Scalabrinian Schools in Cucuta; different social services (library for kids, health and social assistance, and daily meals) in Suba, a neighborhood of Bogota; 2 Formation Houses in Bogota; a documentation and migration information center in Bogota; and 2 Parishes in Bogota and Cucuta.

    New Projects

  • Improving labor integration programs in the Center for Migrants in Bogota, Cucuta and Ipiales.
  • Improving training programs for labor integration in the Scalabrinian Schools of Cucuta.
  • Ecuador

    In recent decades, Ecuador has witnessed the beneficial effects of tourism and modernization. However, despite its rapid modernization and social progress, poverty and unemployment rates are still high, causing an increase in emigration. In 2012, the Scalabrinians inaugurated a program in Ecuador to support the Diocese of Portoviejo and its programs to serve migrants and returnees.

    New Projects

  • Implementing training and labor integration programs for migrants and refugees.
  • Paraguay

    The Scalabrinians arrived in Paraguay in 1974 together with a massive wave of immigrants from Brazil. During the following decades, the Scalabrinians implemented formation houses, parishes and social programs in different regions of the country.

    Currently, the Scalabrinians are running 5 Parishes in Asuncion, Ciudad del Este, Encarnacion, Naranjal and Santa Rosa del Monday; 2 formation houses, in Asuncion and Ciudad del Este; and a Vocational and Mission Center in Ciudad del Este.

    New Projects

  • Developing a Center for Migrants in Asuncion.
  • Peru

    The Scalabrinians arrived in Peru in 2000 to support the Commission of Pastoral Care for Migrants of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Peru.

    Currently, in addition to collaborating with the Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Scalabrinians are running a Parish and a Vocational Center in Callao.

    New Projects

  • Implementing a Center for Migrants and a Center for Seafarers in Callao.
  • Uruguay

    Since 1961, the Scalabrinians have served migrants and seafarers in Uruguay through a Parish, as well as through the Apostleship of the Sea. In 2000, the Scalabrinians welcomed the new millennium by inaugurating a Center for Migrants.

    New Projects

  • Supporting programs of the Center for Migrants and the Center for Apostleship of the Sea.
  • Venezuela

    A supposed “golden land” for thousands of migrants after the World War II, Venezuela, with its plentiful natural resources and warm climate, was the object of justifiable excitement. Since the 1950’s the Scalabrinian have been serving immigrants arriving in Venezuela and, especially in the last decade, Venezuelans emigrating to different countries.

    Currently, the Scalabrinians are running 3 Parishes in Caracas and Valencia; a Center for Migrants in Valencia; a Center for the Elderly in Caracas and a Vocational Center in Barquisimeto.