This book uses the very latest research to examine current interactions between religion, migration and existential wellbeing. In particular, it demonstrates the role of religion and religious organizations in the social, medical and existential wellbeing of immigrants within their host societies. By focusing on the role and politics of religion and religious organisations as well as the religious identity and faith of individuals, it highlights the connection between existential wellbeing, integration and social cohesion.

The book brings together researchers from various disciplines taking on the challenge to elaborate on the theme of this book from different perspectives, using different methods and theories with a wide selection of cases from various parts of the world. The value of multidisciplinary research on the role of religion in a globalised society – locally, nationally and internationally – is important for understanding the composition and potential solutions to social and political problems. Religious aspects and organisations are present in legal, political and social forms of governance and form the basis for future research on e.g. secularisation, democracy, minorities, human rights, welfare, healthcare and identity formation. These and other related topics are discussed in this book.

This book is an up-to-date and multifaceted study of how religion engages with the mass movement of peoples. As such, it will be of great interest to any scholar of Religious Studies, Migrant Studies, Sociology of Religion, Religion and Politics, as well as Legal Studies with a human right focus.

chapter |18 pages


Theorising the role of religion in contemporary migration and integration governance

part II|71 pages

Polycentric governance and social cohesion

part III|67 pages

Religious identities and existential wellbeing

chapter 9|11 pages

Mental health

The role of religion and spirituality

chapter 11|15 pages

Islamic leadership and Muslim immigration

A framework for reflection and analysis

chapter 12|14 pages

Crossing borders, changing faith

How forced and voluntary migrant adolescents in Belgium describe the impact of relocation on their faith

chapter |9 pages


Reflections and future routes