Immigration and Migration

Catholic health care organizations serve immigrants, including refugees and victims of human trafficking, in their clinics, emergency rooms, and in their facilities. Catholic health care also employs many people who have fled their homeland, seeking a better life for themselves and their communities.

As part of the Catholic health ministry, the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) shares this commitment to helping those who have come to the United States from other countries. Through outreach, education, and advocacy, CHA speaks out on behalf of health care access for immigrants and collaborates with other organizations in "welcoming the stranger among us."

National Migration Week and World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2021

National Migration Week has been moved from January to September 20 - 26, 2021. In 2019, Pope Francis announced that the World Day of Migrants and Refugees would henceforth be celebrated on the last Sunday of September, so the week was changed to end on that day annually.

 CHA Immigration and Migration Resources

Welcoming the Stranger - Online Educational Resource


Welcoming the Stranger: Catholic Health Care and Immigration explains the rich history of Catholic health care’s commitment to and care for immigrants. Because care for immigrants is rooted in Church history and teaching, we are spiritually compelled to be in solidarity with them.

2021 World Day of Migrants & Refugees

Pope Francis' theme for the 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees on Sept. 26 is "Towards an Even Wider We" to focus on the pastoral care of internally displaced people. Here are some resources to participate in this important event.