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Strangers No MoreImmigration and the Challenges of Integration in North America and Western Europe$
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Richard Alba and Nancy Foner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691161075

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691161075.001.0001

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Immigrant Religion

Immigrant Religion

(p.118) Chapter 6 Immigrant Religion
Strangers No More

Richard Alba

Nancy Foner

Princeton University Press

This chapter describes how immigrant religion generally has become a more significant social divide, a greater challenge to integration, and a more common source of conflict with mainstream institutions and practices in Western Europe than in the United States. There are three main reasons for this. Of paramount importance are basic demographic facts. The religious backgrounds of immigrants in Western Europe and the United States are different, mostly Christian in the United States as compared to Western Europe, where a large proportion is Muslim. Muslims of immigrant origin in Western Europe also have a lower socioeconomic profile than those in the United States. Moreover, Western European native majorities have more trouble recognizing claims based on religion because they are more secular than religiously involved Americans.

Keywords:   immigrant religion, social divide, integration, Christians, Muslims, socioeconomic profile, religious backgrounds

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