Immigrants' religious participation in the United States

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Using New Immigrant Survey 2003 data, I examine immigrants' religious participation once in the United States. This is the first large-scale study to consider this question quantitatively and to compare across origin groups; the findings are key to informing our knowledge of the religious lives of the foreign born. Results indicate that, after accounting for participation before coming to the US, time in the US exhibits a robust, positive association with an increase in religious participation, suggesting the continuing importance of religion in immigrants' adjustment, in spite of the disruptive event of migration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)643-661
Number of pages19
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2011


  • Assimilation
  • Immigrant incorporation
  • Immigrants
  • Immigration
  • Religion
  • Transnational

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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