New perspectives on faiths emerge as people of faith travel around the world taking their identities and practices into new environments and cultures. Globalisation has exponentially increased this process, making it far easier for people to travel long distances, quickly. Religion has both affected and been affected by this process – which has a truly ancient pedigree. With such dramatic demographic shifts, the possibilities for both positive, rich cultural exchanges and negative, visceral reactions are heightened.
What role has faith played in the various migratory movements around the world? What are the unique issues brought to bear on a society that experiences a large influx of migrants of a particular faith with which they had little if any prior interaction? What positive roles might faith communities – both those of the migrants and those of the previous inhabitants – have in helping to maintain societies that are diverse yet integrated? Below is a resource database that includes video, audio, and articles that examine these and many more questions around faith, globalisation and migration.