A multi-religious response to the migrant crisis in Europe: A preliminary examination of potential benefits of multi-religious cooperation on the integration of migrants

Majbritt Lyck-Bowen, Mark Owen

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Abstract

Since the beginning of the new millennium, violent conflicts around the world have contributed to a significant increase in the numbe rof international migrants, reaching nearly 260 million in 2017,including almost 26 million refugees. Many of these migrants have arrived in Europe leading to some countries struggling to handle the substantial need for humanitarian assistance and long term integration. Civil society actors and organisations, some of which have religious affiliations, have stepped in and provided vital help. The existing academic literature recognises the important contribution of religion and religious actors in integration processes. However, one increasingly pertinent area that has been largely neglected is the issue of multi-religious cooperation. Hence this study examines the potential positive advantages of a ‘multireligious approach to integration’ from an organisational perspective. Data collected during a pilot project identifies a range of different possible advantages for a multi-religious approach, and is used to critically reflect on existing literature concerning religion’s role in integration processes. The study concludes that a multi-religious approach to integration has some distinctive benefits and therefore should be encouraged and supported. The project also identifies a range of important areas for further study which have the potential to make a significant positive impact for migrants, host communities and broader community cohesion and security.
LanguageEnglish
Pages21-41
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Volume45
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2018

Keywords

  • Religion
  • Migrants
  • Integration
  • Cooperation
  • Post-secularism
  • migrants
  • integration
  • post-secularism
  • cooperation

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