Below is a compendium of academic resources on migration.

Organizations-Church Related

CRS Migration Policy

This page outlines CRS approach, work and partners related to migration issues.

USCCB Migration and Refugee Services

This organization serves and advocates for refugees, asylees, and other forced migrants, immigrants, and other people on the move

Jesuit Refugee Services

Accompanies serves and defends the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced individuals.

Center for Migration Studies

The Center for Migration Studies website features peer-reviewed scholarly articles on the topic of migration.

Justice for Immigrants

The official website of the Justice for Immigrants Campaign: The Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform providing information for organizers, parishes, policymakers, media, immigrants and those interested in advocacy.

Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People

The official Vatican website offering pastoral documents and articles on a variety of issues surrounding migration.


National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC)

NALACC seeks to build transnational leadership capacity and increase immigrant civic participation.

Migration Policy Institute

The Migration Policy Institute is a nonprofit think tank focused on the migration of people worldwide.

National Immigration Project

The National Immigration Project specializes in representing the needs of vulnerable populations including people with HIV/AIDS and survivors of domestic violence.

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration

The United States Department of State website presents U.S. policy and programs.

Journal Articles

Chip, William W., and Michael A. Scaperlanda. The Ethics of Immigration: An Exchange. First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion & Public Life, (May 2008), 40-46.

A debate by the authors highlights the ethical character of U.S. immigration law through the lens of Church documents and a study by the National Research Council.

Cruz, Gemma Tulud. Between Identity and Security: Theological Implications of Migration in the Context of Globalization. Theological Studies 69, no. 2 (June 2008): 357-375.

This article seeks to show the relevance of migration to oppression and liberation.

Schaab, Gloria. Which of These Was Neighbour?: Spiritual Dimensions of the US Immigration Question. International Journal Of Public Theology  2, no. 2 (2008): 182-202.

This article explores the role and meaning of neighbor within the context of Christian tradition and the current reality of U.S. immigration.

Groody, Daniel G. Fruit of the Vine and Work of Human Hands: Immigration and the Eucharist. Worship 80, no. 5 (September 2006): 386-402.

Reflecting upon a liturgy experienced on the U.S.-Mexico Border, Groody examines the link between social justice and the Eucharist with emphasis on the experience of undocumented migration to the U.S.

Catholic Popular Media

McCarthy, Colman. The game of refugee roulette. National Catholic Reporter 44, no. 18 (May 02, 2008): 24-24.

This article presents the account of a man from Kenya who sought asylum in the United States to illustrate the process and difficulties in obtaining asylum status.

Catholic response on immigration. National Catholic Reporter 44, no. 19 (May 16, 2008): 32-32.

This article discusses responses the Church has given in the face of immigration and how immigration is changing the Church.


Egan, Eileen. For Whom There Is No Room: Scenes from the Refugee World. New York: Paulist Press, 1995.

This book serves as an account of the work of Catholic Relief Services in various countries as it works the forefront by providing aid to refugees.

Globalization and Catholic Social Thought Present Crisis, Future Hope. Edited by John A. Coleman and William F. Ryan. Ottawa, Canada: Novalis, 2005.

This book assesses globalization from the perspective of Catholic Social Teaching and includes contributors representing numerous cultures, languages and realities.  The topic of migration appears in various sections.


THE LINE IN THE SAND: Stories from the U.S. / Mexico Border

A CRS supported theatre production retelling the experiences of multiple people affected by border issues; includes bonus feature interview with the CRS Mexico Country Manager.

Suggested videos on migration from the University of Notre Dame.

Catholic Social Teaching and Thought

Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity:United States United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, November 2000.

The initial statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops vision and call to the Church in the U.S. as it welcomes new immigrants. The document recalls the Churchs beginnings in the U.S., the face of the Church and immigration, confronts concerns, calls the faithful to conversion and solidarity.

Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Conferencia del Episcopado Mexicano, January 2003.