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Religions 2016, 7(6), 64;

Religion and International Migration: A Case Study of Ukraine

Prague Institute for Qualification Enhancement, Trnkovo nám. 1112/2, 150 00 Prague, Czech Republic
Microeconomics Department, Faculty of Economics Science and Management, University of Szczecin, 71101 Szczecin, Poland
Department of Sociology, Ivan Franko Lviv National University, 79000 Lviv, Ukraine
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Peter Iver Kaufman
Received: 10 November 2015 / Revised: 15 April 2016 / Accepted: 6 May 2016 / Published: 2 June 2016
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This paper studies the relationships between religion and migration in modern-day Ukraine. We focus on Ukraine’s numerous churches and their attitude toward the phenomenon of emigration, their relevant activities with regard to the outward migration from the country, and the migration experiences and intentions of the believers. We find that the Greek Catholic Church has put special attention on the emigration phenomenon in its social doctrine, while the doctrines of other churches have been less elaborate, both in general terms and with regard to the issue of external migration in particular. Moreover, we demonstrate that worshippers belonging to the different churches have very similar growing concerns about the negative effects of Ukraine’s economic development—social divide and unemployment in particular. View Full-Text
Keywords: religion; church; international migration; migration experience; migration intentions; Ukraine religion; church; international migration; migration experience; migration intentions; Ukraine
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Strielkowski, W.; Bilan, Y.; Demkiv, O. Religion and International Migration: A Case Study of Ukraine. Religions 2016, 7, 64.

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