CMS-NAU is guided by some fundamental philosophic principles and presuppositions: The fundamental right of every human being to free movement and shelter deriving from the absolute value of the human person; the duty of every human person and society to carter for the migrant and the victims of oppressive social, economic and political policies, structures and practices; the rights of communities to protect their cultural values consistent with universal humane values.
The Centre operates on the understanding that migration needs informed and collaborative management in order to attend effectively and pragmatically to the opportunities, challenges and needs of this rising tide in a world and age where the interface of globalization and state sovereignty is creating more fluid territorial borders and identities by the day and in its wake generating more conflicts across the globe.
The Centre conceives migration as both natural and inevitable. Migration will be better governed in an integrated manner through comprehensive, human rights based and gender responsive national and international pool of policies and strategies. Migration has aided in transforming today’s societies and individuals. Yet migration and migratory status can become problematic for the wellbeing and human rights of migrants, the territorial security of sovereign nations and the stability and peace of host communities. Due attention is demanded at the points where migration intersects with issues of development, territorial and border control, data and research, human rights of migrants and human rights of local communities, poverty and conflicts, health, environment, women, children, youths, the elderly, etc.