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The role of religion in protecting older Romanian migrants from loneliness

Published inJournal of ethnic and migration studies, vol. 43, no. 2, p. 199-217
Publication date2017
Abstract

This article explores qualitatively how and to what extent religion protects older Romanian migrants from loneliness. The analysis is based on fieldwork research in two Swiss cantons and in neighbouring France among 30 Romanian migrants aged 57+. The sample is heterogeneous, made up of persons who fled the communist regime in their youth and others who migrated later in life for work or to be with their families. The fieldwork research points towards a population that is coping successfully with migration and other challenges, many of whom did not report feelings of loneliness. In an increasingly laic occidental world, many of the Romanian participants in our research appear to be religious and go to church; this often protects them from loneliness, whether they migrated 30 years or 7 months ago. The article concludes with study limitations, implications and directions for further research.

Keywords
  • older migrants
  • loneliness
  • social networks
  • coping strategies
  • religion
Citation (ISO format)
CIOBANU, Ruxandra Oana, FOKKEMA, Tineke. The role of religion in protecting older Romanian migrants from loneliness. In: Journal of ethnic and migration studies, 2017, vol. 43, n° 2, p. 199–217. doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2016.1238905
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