Immigrant Religion in the U.S. and Western Europe: Bridge or Barrier to Inclusion?
Article first published online: 22 MAY 2008
© 2008 by the Center for Migration Studies of New York
International Migration Review
Volume 42, Issue 2, pages 360–392, June 2008
How to Cite
Foner, N. and Alba, R. (2008), Immigrant Religion in the U.S. and Western Europe: Bridge or Barrier to Inclusion?. International Migration Review, 42: 360–392. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-7379.2008.00128.x
- Issue published online: 22 MAY 2008
- Article first published online: 22 MAY 2008
This article analyzes why immigrant religion is viewed as a problematic area in Western Europe in contrast to the United States, where it is seen as facilitating the adaptation process. The difference, it is argued, is anchored in whether or not religion can play a major role for immigrants and the second generation as a bridge to inclusion in the new society. Three factors are critical: the religious backgrounds of immigrants in Western Europe and the United States; the religiosity of the native population; and historically rooted relations and arrangements between the state and religious groups.