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Immigrant FaithPatterns of Immigrant Religion in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe$
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Phillip Connor

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479853908

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479853908.001.0001

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Integrating Faith

Integrating Faith

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Immigrant Faith

Phillip Connor

NYU Press

This chapter examines the link between immigrant religion and immigrant integration into society. More specifically, it considers whether religion is a help or hindrance in the way immigrants adjust to their new environment. It considers whether religious immigrants are doing better psychologically (in terms of mental health) and economically (in terms of employment and occupation) than nonreligious immigrants and how religion prepares immigrants to become full citizens of the destination society. It shows that immigrant faith is intricately connected to the way immigrants adjust or integrate into their new countries, but the role of religion in immigrant adjustment is dependent on many things, including the type of adjustment and whether immigrants belong to the Christian majority or a religious minority.

Keywords:   immigrant integration, immigrants, mental health, employment, religious immigrants, nonreligious immigrants, immigrant faith, immigrant religion, immigrant adjustment

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