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Associate Professor of Moral Theology and Migration

Contact Information

4, 13th Street
New Manila
1112 Quezon City
Tel. (+62 02) 724.3512
Fax: (+63 02) 721.4296


Migration in Catholic Social Teaching, Justice and Migration, The Human Rights of Migrants, Management of Pastoral Programs in Migration


Bachelor in Sacred Theology, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome
Doctorate in Political Science, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan
Licentiate in Moral Theology, University of Santo Tomas, Manila

Current Professional Activities

Fr. Graziano, an Italian Scalabrinian priest, is currently the Director of the Scalabrini Migration Center.

Research and Publications

Migrazioni. Dizionario socio-pastorale (ed.), Edizioni San Paolo, 2010 (forthcoming).

"I contributi dell’etica alla gestione delle migrazioni", in Studi Emigrazione, 178 (2010) 346-377.

"The Teaching of the Church in Asia" in F. Baggio – M. Pettenà (eds.), Caring for Migrants. A Collection of Church Documents on the Pastoral Care of Migrants, St. Pauls Publications, Strathfield 2009, 1103-1108.

"Migration and Human Rights: The Unease but Essential Relationship" in R. Cholewinski, P. De Guchteneire, A. Pécoud (eds.), Migration and Human Rights. The United Nations Convention on Migrant Workers’ Rights, Unesco Publishing, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2009, 47-69.

"Irregular Migration: An Approach to an Intractable Issue" in IOM – IIHL, International Migration Law and Policies in the Mediterranean Context, IOM – IIHL, Geneva-Sanremo 2009, 49-55.

"Irregular Migration" in INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATION, World Migration 2008: Managing Labor Mobility in the Evolving Global Economy, (IOM World Migration Report Series, Vol. 4), IOM, Geneva 2008, 201-233.

Migrazioni: questioni etiche (a cura di), (Quaderni SIMI 6), Urbaniana University Press, Città del Vaticano 2008.

"Immigrazione tra libertà e controllo: una tensione perenne" in Migrazioni: questioni etiche, (Quaderni SIMI 6), Urbaniana University Press, Città del Vaticano 2008, 9-49.

"La naissance d’une Convention. Les difficiles relations entre migrations et droits de l’homme" in Hommes et migrations, 1271 (2008) 20-30.

"Un cantiere aperto" in N. Lombardi – L. Prencipe (a cura di), Museo internazionale delle migrazioni. L’Italia nel Mondo. Il Mondo in Italia, Ministero degli Affari Esteri, Roma 2008, 261-266.

"Migration and Human Dignity. From Policies of Exclusion to Policies Based on Human Rights," in D.G. Groody – G. Campese (eds.), A Promised Land, a Perilous Journey. Theological Perspectives on Migration, Notre Dame University Press, Notre Dame, ID 2008, 177-191.

"The temporary migration system and human rights", paper presented at the International Conference on Globalization and Human Rights of Migrants, Taipei, 6-8 December 2007.

"Migration without borders: a long way to go in the Asian region" in A. Pécoud – P. de Gutcheneire (eds.), Migration without Borders. Essays on the Free Movement of People, Berghahn Books, New York-Oxford 2007, 199-219.

"Migrazioni e dignità umana. Da politiche di esclusione a politiche basate sui diritti umani", in G. Campese – D. Groody (eds.), Missione con i migranti, missione della Chiesa, (Quaderni SIMI 5), Urbaniana University Press, Roma 2007, 187-206.

"I fondamenti delle politiche per le migrazioni", Nuntium, Pontificia Università Lateranense, X,3 (2006), 221-224.

"Migration and Its Enemies: Global Capital, Migrant Labour and the Nation-State" by Robin Cohen, Aldershot: Ashgate 2006. Book review in Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, Vol. 15, No. 3, 2006, 437-439.

"International Migration from Africa to Europe", presentation at the African Studies Center, University of Cape Town, 19 September 2006.

"Le rimesse degli italiani" in FONDAZIONE MIGRANTES, Rapporto Italiani nel mondo 2006, Idos, Roma 2006, 189-199.

"Verso politiche migratorie eticamente fondate", presentation at the Meeting Internazionale delle Migrazioni, Loreto 11 luglio 2006.

La missione viene a noi. In margine all’Istruzione Erga Migrantes Caritas Christi (ed.), (Quaderni Simi 3), Urbaniana University Press, Roma 2005.

"Rimesse e sviluppo" in CARITAS/MIGRANTES, Immigrazione Dossier Statistico 2005, Idos, Roma 2005, 318-327.

"Quale protezione per i migranti? Politiche migratorie e diritti umani" in Sedos Bulletin 37, 5/6 (2005) 109-117.

Prima accoglienza e volontariato per i migranti nel Lazio (ed.), Final report, Osservatorio Regionale per l’Integrazione e la Multietnicità, Rome 2005.

"International Conventions on Migrants Rights" in World Conference of OFWs 2004: Shaping the Future of Filipino Labor Migration, Philippine Migrants Rights Watch, Quezon City 2004, 43-58.

“Migraciones asiáticas y relaciones internacionales: perspectivas de futuro” in Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals, 68 (2004) 165-179.

Migrazioni e diritti umani (a cura di), Quaderni Simi 1, Urbaniana University Press, Roma 2004.

 “Il fenomeno migratorio nelle sue dimensioni globali e nelle sue prospettive future”, presentation at the Seminar: “Dinamiche della popolazione”, Faculty of Social Science – Angelicum University, Rome 16 ottobre 2004.

“From Policies of Exclusion to Policies Based on Rights”, presentation at the “Migration and Theology: An International Conference”, Notre Dame University, IN, 19-22 settembre 2004.

Participation at The Sixth ASEM Informal Seminar on Human Rights “International Migration and Human Rights” Suzhou, China 16-17 September 2004.

“Citizenship and Migrations in Asia”, with M.M. Asis, presentation at the “Human Movements and Immigration (HMI) World Congress”, Barcelona 2-5 September 2004.

“Democrazia, etica e società civile in Europa”, in AA. VV. Quale futuro per la democrazia in Europa?, Editrice Berti, Piacenza 2004.

“Migration in Asia: Transition to Development?,” paper presented at the conference on “Asia: Development Challenges for the XXI Century.” Barcelona, June 9-10, 2004.

“Return Migration in the Philippines: Issues and Policies,” in International Migration: Prospects and Policies, edited by J. Edward Taylor and Douglas S. Massey. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004, 212-229.

“Le normative dell’Unione Europea e di Francia, Germania e Italia verso gli immigrati da paesi terzi: Analisi comparata”, with A. C. De Martino, M. G. Fidone and D. Di Rado, in Integrazione sociale e lavorativa degli immigrati: normative e prassi a confronto. Progetto EQUAL “Tante Tinte”, Torino 2004, 1-211.

“International Migration in Asia” in Migration Patterns and Policies in the Asian and Pacific Region. United Nations, ESCAP: New York 2003.

“Le politiche di integrazione sociale degli stranieri,” in Atti della Conferenza “Le politiche dell’UE per l’immigrazione: diritti fondamentali, integrazione sociale, cooperazione allo sviluppo”, CNEL, Roma 6-7 ottobre 2003.

“Migraciones en Asia: Patrones Establecidos y Tendencias Emergentes,” Estudios Migratorios Latinoamericanos, 17 (50) 2003 : p. 41-67.

“Immigrati, serve una strategia globale”, Famiglia Cristiana, 13 luglio 2003.

“International Migration in Asia vis-à-vis Europe: An Introduction,” Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, Vol. 11, N. 4, 2002, 405-414.

“Unauthorized Migrants as Global Workers in the ASEAN Region,” Southeast Asian Studies, Vol. 40, N. 3, 2002, 350-371.

Unauthorized Migration in Southeast Asia (a cura di), con Maruja M.B. Asis. Quezon City: Scalabrini Migration Center, 2002.

 “Unauthorized Migrants as Global Workers in ASEAN.” Paper presented at the IUSSP Regional Population Conference on Southeast Asia’s Population in a Changing Asian Context held at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, 10-13 June 2002.

“Migration in Asia: Established Paths and Emerging Trends.” Paper presented at the Asia-Europe Dialogue on Globalisation and International Migration: Asian and European Experiences, organized by Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and Sciences-Po Asia-Europe Centre – CERI. Paris, 11-13 March 2002.

“Les tendences migratoires en Asie et Australie,” Migrations Société, Vol. 14, N. 79, 2002.

“Tendenze migratorie e poverta’ in Asia,” in ISMU, Settimo rapporto sulle migrazioni, 2001. Milano: Angeli, 2002.

“The Human Rights of Migrants: A Pastoral Challenge.” Paper presented at the First International Conference on Migration and Theology: “Migration and Religious Experience in the Context of Globalization.” Tijuana, 24-27 January 2002.

“Dying of Migration,” Asian Migrant, Vol. 14, No. 4, 2001.

“International Migrations in the ESCAP Region.” Paper presented at the Ad-Hoc Expert Group Meeting on “Migration and Development: Opportunities and Challenges for Poverty Reduction in the ESCAP Region.” Bangkok, United Nations Building, 28-30 November 2001

“Crumbs for the Dogs. An interpretation of Matthew 15:21-28,” Asian Migrant, Vol. 14, No. 3, 2001, 78-84.

“Migration 2000 in Asia: A Year in Review,” Asian Migrant, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2001.

“L’area asiatica: il traffico di persone,” in ISMU, Sesto rapporto sulle migrazioni, 2000. Milano: Franco Angeli, 2001.

“Migration and Labor Relations in Post-Crisis Asia,” Journal of Population, Vol. 6, 2000.

“The Impact of the Asian Financial Crisis in the Employment and Unemployment of Foreign Workers in Asian Countries,” in Recent Developments in Involuntary Unemployment in Asian Countries: Causes and Policies, edited by Joseph S. Lee. Taiwan: National Central University, 2000.

“Human Rights of Migrant Workers,” in The Human Person as the Foundation of Human Rights, edited by Edmund Ryden. Taipei: Fujen Catholic University, 2000.

“International Migration in Asia in 1999: A Review of Trends,” Asian Migrant, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2000.

Chapters on Southeast Asia and Oceania in World Migration Report 2000. Geneva: International Organization for Migration, 2000.

“Migrazioni irregolari nell’Est e Sudest Asiatico,” in Quinto Rapporto sulle Migrazioni – 1999, ISMU, Milano: Franco Angeli, 2000.

“Human Rights of Migrant Workers.” Paper presented at the East Asian Regional Seminar on “The Human Person as the Foundation of Human Rights,” organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the Fujen Catholic University, 21-23 November 1999.

“Free Movement of Labor in ASEAN: Points for Discussion.” Paper presented at the Conference on “Beyond AFTA and towards and ASEAN Common Market,” organized by the Center for Research and Communication, Makati, 18-20 October, 1999.

 “The Impact of the Asian Financial Crisis on the Employment and Unemployment of Foreign Workers in Asian Countries.” Paper presented at the International Conference on the Unemployment Problems in Asian Countries at the National Central University, Taiwan, June 14-15, 1999.

“Aspects of the Current Discussion on Migration in the European Union.” Paper presented at the conference on RP-EU relations: Meeting the Challenge of the Next Millennium. Asian Institute of Management, Makati City, May 21, 1999.

“Overview of the Current Situation of Irregular or Undocumented Migration in the East and Southeast Asian Region: The need for a policy response framework.” Paper drafted for IOM with Ronald Skeldon for the International Symposium on Migration “Toward Regional Cooperation on Irregular/Undocumented Migration.” Bangkok, 21-23 April 1999.

"Philippine Migration Policy: Dilemmas of a Crisis," Sojourn, Vol. 14, No. 1, 1999.

The Crisis and Migration in Asia (with Maruja M.B. Asis). Quezon City: Scalabrini Migration Center, 1999.

"Protection of the Rights of Migrants," in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Fifty Years and Beyond, edited by Yael Danieli, Elsa Stamatopoulou and Clarence J. Dias, New York: Baywood, 1998.

"The Impact of the Crisis on Migration in Asia," in … And our Rice Pots are Empty. The social cost of the Economic Crisis, Consumer International, November 1998.

"L'impatto della crisi sulle migrazioni in Asia," in ISMU, Quarto Rapporto sulle Migrazioni: 1998. Milano: Franco Angeli.

"The Impact of Labour Migration on the Children Left Behind: A Study of Elementary School Children in the Philippines," Sojourn, Vol, 13, No. 2, 1998.

"Technical Symposium on International Migration and Development." Conference report in Asian Migrant, Vol. 11, No. 3, 1998.

"Irregular Migration: Issues from the Asian Experience." Paper presented at the IV World Congress on the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees, Vatican City, 5-10 October, 1998.

"Migration in the Context of Globalization: Issues and Implications," Asian Migrant, Vol. 11, No. 1, 1998.

"Philippine Migration Policy: Dilemmas of a Crisis." Paper presented at the conference on "Migrations in Contemporary Southeast Asia" organized by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, January 21-24, 1998.

“Migrations en Asie: entre restrictions et privatisation,” Migrations Société, Vol. 9, No. 54, 1997.

“Tendenze e caratteristiche dell’emigrazione in Asia.” in Terzo Rapporto sulle Migrazioni. Milano: ISMU, 1997.

“Migrant Workers and Globalization in Asia.” Paper presented at the Preparatory Meeting for Action on Migrant Workers Issues, organized by the Asia Alliance of YMCAs, Osaka 14-18 September 1997.

“Transnational Mobility of People in Relations to Patterns of Industrialization and Impact on Individuals and Family in Asia.” Paper presented at the Colloquium on the Church in Asia in the 21st Century, Pattaya, 24-31 August 1997

"Reintegration of Migrants: Overview and Issues from the Philippine Experience." Paper presented at the Conference on "International Migration at Century's End: Trends and Issues” organized by the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. Barcelona, May 7-19, 1997.

"The Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995 and Migration Management." Paper presented at the First National Convention of the Philippines Migration Research Network (PMRN), Quezon City, 6 February 1997.

"Migration and APEC: Issues for Discussion," Asian Migrant Forum, No. 11, 1996

“Employers Code of Conduct and Migrant Workers," Asian Migrant, Vol. 9, No. 4, 1996

"Migration and Development in Asia. Identifying Issues that Need Attention." Paper presented at the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of Sociology, Diliman, Q.C., May 28-31, 1996.

"The Impact of Labor Migration on the Spiritual and Moral Formation of the Children of Filipino Migrants," On the Move, Vol. 25, No. 71, 1996.

"Philippine Overseas Labour: From Export to Management," ASEAN Economic Bulletin, Vol. 12 No. 2, November 1995.

"United Nations Approaches to Labor Migration and Human Rights." Paper presented at the Foreign Studies Institute of the Far Eastern University. Manila, September 15, 1995.

"Philippine Overseas Labor: Current Discussion." Paper presented at the Conference on Migration and Immigration Policies in Europe and the Asian-Pacific Region. Loccum, 5-7 May

"For a More Abundant Life: Migrant Workers in Asia." Paper delivered at the VI Conference of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences. Manila, 10-18 January, 1995.

"Family Reunification. Policies and Issues," Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, Vol. 4, No. 2-3, 1995.

"Filipino Migration to Italy and the Italian Language," in Italian Towards 2000. Melbourne: Victoria University of Technology, 1994.

"The Political Economy of Labor Intensive Development: The Case of the Philippines." Paper delivered at the OECD Conference on "Development Strategies, Employment and International Migration," Paris, July 1994.

"The Phenomenon of Migration in Asia. Role of the Church," On the Move, No. 63, 1994, 9-33.

"Evangelization and Migration." Paper delivered at the Continental Meeting for Evangelization 2000, Singapore, 5-9 December 1993.

The Human Rights of Migrant Workers: Agenda for NGOs (editor), Scalabrini Migration Center, (1993).

Working in the Promised Land: Migrant Workers in Asia, Asia Partnership for Human Development (APHD) - Hong Kong (1993).

"Networking of NGOs for Migrants and Information in Asia," in International Labor Migration Statistics and Information Networking in Asia. New Delhi: UNDP/ILO-ARTEP, 1993.

Philippine Labor Migration: Impact and Policy (editor), Scalabrini Migration Center, 1992.

"Filipina Domestic Workers in Italy", in Filipino Women Overseas Contract Workers... At What Cost?, edited by Ruby Palma Beltran and Aurora Javate De Dios. Manila: Goodwill, 1992.

"The NGO Agenda for Labor Migration." Presentation given at the Labor Conference "Forging a Trade Union Response on Overseas Employment," organized by UP Solair - Los Baños, December 3, 1992.

"Protecting the Interests of the Migrants in the Recruitment Process: Lessons from Asian Countries." Paper delivered at the First Convention of SAARC Region, Licensed Foreign Emnployment Agency Association, Colombo, 19-20 October, 1991.

"The Impact of the Gulf Crisis on Labor Sending Countries." Paper delivered at the Conference on International Manpower Flows and Foreign Investment in Asia. Tokyo, September 9-12, 1991.

"Learning from the Repatriation of Gulf Returnees." Paper delivered at the ILO Conference in Kuala Lumpur, 14-15 May 1991.

"The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families: Genesis and Substantive Provisions." Paper delivered at the International Conference on Migration, Singapore, 7-9 February 1991.

"The Protection of the Rights of Migrants," Migration Monitor, No. 19-20, 1990.

"Cumulative Index: 1964-1989" (compiler), International Migration Review, Winter 1990.

Gli Italo-Americani negli Anni 80, (a cura di), Torino: Fondazione Giovanni Agnelli, 1990.

Italian Americans in the '80s: A sociodemographic profile, (editor). Staten Island: NY: CMS- Agnelli Foundation, 1989.

"Italian American Women." Paper presented at the Conference on Italian American Women, The College of Staten Island (CUNY), 1989.

"Italiani in America," Dossier Europa Emigrazione, 5-6, 1988.

"Protecting the Rights of Migrant Workers," Migration World, XV (4-5), 1986.

"As contribuições da ética na gestão das migrações," in Ciberteologia. Revista de teologia e cultura, VIII, 37 (2011).

“Migration and Human Rights in Asia: Between Rhetoric and Reality.” In Migrant Workers in Asia. Policies and Practices in Social Sciences, Proceeding, Regional Workshop and Most Award, MOST UNESCO LIPI (2011): 39-61.

“Data Collection on International Migration.” Presentation at the international conference on  International Migration, Data Management and Migration Profiles Development In Viet Nam and Other Countries: Sharing Experiences and Lessons Learned, Hanoi 1-2 June 2011.

“Labour Migration in Asia and the Role of Bilateral Migration Agreements: Market Access Facilitation by Informal Means.” Presentation at the GFMD conference on Markets for Migration and Development (M4MD): Trade and Labour Mobility Linkages - Prospects for Development, Bern 13-15 September, 2011.

“Beyond Multiculturalism.” In Multicultural Studies, 6, (2012): 145-174.

“Migrazioni in Asia. Tendenze e problematiche.” In Asia-Italia Scenari migratori, Edizioni IDOS, Roma, 2012.

"Multi-level Policy Approach in the Governance of Labour Migration: Considerations From the Philippine Experience," Asian Journal of Social Science 40 (2012) 419–446.

"Multicultural Realities and Membership: States, Migrations and Citizenship in Asia" (with Maruja M.B. Asis), in Migration and Diversity in Asian Contexts, edited by Lai Ah  Eng, Francis L. Collins and Brenda S.A. Yeoh, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 2012, 31-55.