Migrants and Religion: Paths, Issues, and Lenses

A Multidisciplinary and Multi-Sited Study on the Role of Religious Belongings in Migratory and Integration Processes

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Despite the worldwide dramatic spread of religious-based discriminations, persecutions, and conflicts, both official data and academic literature have underestimated their role as a root cause of contemporary migrations. This multidisciplinary study aims to overcome this gap.
Through an unprecedented collection of theoretical analysis and original empirical evidence, the book provides unique data and insights on the role of religion in the trajectories of asylum seekers and migrants – from the analysis of the religious geography of sending countries to the role of spirituality as a factor of resilience and adaptation.
By enhancing both academic and political debate on these issues, the book offers the possibility of regaining awareness of the close link between religious freedom and the quality of democracy.

Contributors include: Paolo Gomarasca, Monica Martinelli, Monica Spatti, Andrea Santini, Andrea Plebani, Paolo Maggiolini, Riccardo Redaelli, Alessia Melcangi, Giancarlo Rovati, Annavittoria Sarli, Giulia Mezzetti, Lucia Boccacin, Linda Lombi, Donatella Bramanti, Stefania Meda, Giovanna Rossi, Beatrice Nicolini, Cristina Giuliani, Camillo Regalia, Giovanni Giulio Valtolina, Paola Barachetti, Maddalena Colombo, Rosangela Lodigiani, Mariagrazia Santagati, Fabio Baggio, Vera Lomazzi, Paolo Bonetti, Laura Zanfrini, Mario Antonelli, Luca Bressan, Alessandro Bergamaschi, Catherine Blaya, Núria Llevot-Calvet, Olga Bernad-Cavero, and Jordi Garreta-Bochaca.
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Laura Zanfrini, Ph.D. in Sociology, is Full Professor of Sociology of Migrations at the Catholic University of Milan. She is author of about 400 publications; among the most recent: The Challenge of Migration in a Janus-Faced Europe (Palgrave, 2019).
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Part 1: Migrations and Religious Belonging: from Periphery to Core, for a New

1 Introduction. General Description of the Study, Key Issues, and Provisional Conclusions
Laura Zanfrini

2 The Uncanny “Religious” Refugee: a Post-secular Perspective on Ethics of Hospitality
Paolo Gomarasca

3 Religion in Secularized and Post-secularized Europe
Monica Martinelli

4 Migration and Religious Freedom: the Legislative and Judicial Framework at International and European Level
Andrea Santini and Monica Spatti

References to Part 1

Part 2: Where (Forced) Migrations are Generated

5 No Size Fits All: Diversity, State and Politics in the Contemporary Middle East
Paolo Maggiolini, Andrea Plebani and Riccardo Redaelli

6 Christians Navigating through Middle East Turbulences: the Case of the Copts in Egypt
Alessia Melcangi and Paolo Maggiolini

7 Religious Affiliations and Social Coexistence in the Islamic Middle East Countries
Giancarlo Rovati

8 Women’s Rights and Shari‘a Law in the MENA Region
Vera Lomazzi

References to Part 2

Part 3: The Religion’s Dimension in the Trajectories of (Forced) Migrants Directed to Italy

9 The “Place” of Religion in the Italian Asylum Seekers’ Reception System: Constitutional, Legislative and Procedural Framework
Paolo Bonetti

10 On the Role of Religion in the Decision to Migrate
Laura Zanfrini

11 The “Space” of Religion in the Assessment of Asylum Applications
Laura Zanfrini

12 On the Role of Religion in the Process of Adaptation of (Forced) Migrants
Laura Zanfrini and Mario Antonelli

References to Part 3

Part 4: Religion, Faith-Based Organizations, Integration and Social Cohesion

13 Religion and Integration: Issues from International Literature
Annavittoria Sarli and Giulia Mezzetti

14 Religious Persecution, Migrations and Practices in Faith-based Organizations: Some Recommendations from a Qualitative Study
Lucia Boccacin and Linda Lombi

15 Interreligious Dialogue in the Governance of Migration and Inter-ethnic Cohabitation
Fabio Baggio

16 The Multi-ethnic and Multi-Religious Transformation of the Largest Diocese in the World: the Church of Milan and the “Synod from the Peoples”
Laura Zanfrini and Luca Bressan

References to Part 4

Part 5: Migrations, Intergenerational Relations and Families

17 Migrations and Intergenerational Religious Transmission: Issues from International Literature
Donatella Bramanti, Stefania Meda and Giovanna Rossi

18 The Copts in Italy: Migration and Generosity
Beatrice Nicolini

19 Religious Belonging and (Forced) Migration: a Study on Migrant Coptic Families in Italy
Cristina Giuliani and Camillo Regalia

20 Religious Belonging and (Forced) Migration: a Study on Migrant Coptic Minors in Italy
Giovanni Giulio Valtolina and Paola Barachetti

 References to Part 5

Part 6: Religious Diversity in Italian Schools

21 The Religious Dimension in Plural Schools: Institutional, Relational and Strategic Issues
Maddalena Colombo

22 Religious Belonging in Multicultural Schools: Freedom of Expression and Citizenship Values
Rosangela Lodigiani

23 Religious Conflicts in Multicultural Schools: a Generational Divide between Students and Adults
Mariagrazia Santagati

24 Religions and Laïcité in the French Republican School
Alessandro Bergamaschi and Catherine Blaya

25 Religious Education in Schools as a Necessity in a Secular State: the Perspective in Catalonia
Núria Llevot-Calvet, Olga Bernad-Cavero and Jordi Garreta-Bochaca

References to Part 6

Students attending courses of Sociology, Law, Psychology, Political Science, International Relations, Theology; scholars of the above mentioned fields; religion education’s teachers; people from cultural, charity, or faith-based organizations and NGOs; practitioners involved in the field of reception and integration of migrants and asylum seekers; policy-makers and public administration officers.
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