The Scalabrinian Congregation was founded in 1887 by Blessed Bishop John Baptist Scalabrini to assist millions of Italians who were migrating to the American continent. From the end of the nineteenth century until post-World War II, the Scalabrinians worked to establish parishes, schools, hospitals, migrant service centers, cultural centers, orphanages, nursing homes, cooperatives, migrant associations, and service committees. During the 1960s, the Scalabrinian Congregation extended its mission to all migrants and expanded its outreach worldwide. As a result, the Congregation’s programs and services have multiplied, especially for the neediest and most vulnerable migrants, refugees, internally displaced people, and seafarers.

In order to strengthen coordination and networking of these services and to promote political and public awareness of the needs of migrants worldwide, SIMN was established in 2005. SIMN has actively worked to promote services, advocacy, and development programs to safeguard and protect the dignity and the rights of migrants and people on the move around the world.