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Sojourners

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  1. Maureen Lynch

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm498

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Lynch, M. 2013. Sojourners. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

The word “sojourner” is sometimes used for a temporary resident, an individual who spends an unspecified period of time in a new, different, or unfamiliar environment. This term may refer to a number of individuals and groups, including students, professors, trainees, technical assistants, tourists, business people, military personnel, missionaries, and foreign service officers. A sojourner spends a relatively moderate length of time (six months to five years) at a new location, typically with the intention of returning “home.” Tourists generally spend too brief a period abroad to be classified as sojourners. Finally, migrants and refugees often reside for a long and unspecified period overseas (Furnham 1987).

Keywords:

  • immigration;
  • political asylum;
  • transnationalism;
  • civil rights