Emmaus International

Created in 1971 by Abbé Pierre, Emmaus International is a solidarity-based movement, acting against poverty and exclusion. It brings together 350 associations in 37 countries, spread over 4 continents.

All have the same values of welcoming, solidarity, openness, respect and sharing in very diverse social, economic and political contexts. All share the same goal: acting against the causes of poverty and being vehicles for social transformation through allowing the poorest to become actors in their own lives.
Emmaus organisations the world over engage in activities and political lobbying within the framework of three struggles for access to fundamental rights: an ethical and solidarity economy, social and environmental justice, and peace, freedom of movement and of residence for universal citizenship.
As Abbé Pierre’s sole legatee, Emmaus International is responsible for protecting and keeping the memory of Abbé Piere alive, along with the struggles he tirelessly waged throughout his life.


Abbé Pierre


“The Emmaus movement is about people coming together and, on seeing other people suffering, deciding to combine their efforts. That, I think, is what’s at the heart of the movement.”Portrait de l'abbé Pierre