ICMC's mission is to protect and serve uprooted people, including refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced people, victims of human trafficking, and migrants - regardless of faith, race, ethnicity or nationality.
ICMC strives for the application of the social teaching of the Church, in the formulation of migration policies and the adoption of such principles by international organizations, governmental and non-governmental, in particular as far as the protection and promotion of human dignity and family rights are concerned. ICMC responds to challenges of uprooted people and their communities, implementing and advocating for rights-based policies and sustainable solutions through a worldwide membership of Catholic Bishops Conferences, and alongside governmental and non-governmental partners.
The ICMC Secretariat is the executive body of the Commission and implements the decisions of the Governing Committee. Located in Geneva, Switzerland, the Secretariat acts as the central branch for all ICMC’s work, providing oversight and support to ICMC’s affiliated structures and field offices.
The Secretariat maintains contacts with the Holy See, the relevant dicastaries, intergovernmental institutions, governments and international organizations. It supervises the operational and policy activities, and develops the longer-term strategies of the organization.