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Immigrant Christian Communities in the UK: Are they really the non-problematic assimilators?

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3/06/13 → …

With the growing debate on immigration and immigrant assimilation most of the concerns and the research about problematic immigrant groups have focused on immigrants belonging to non-Christian religions and cultures. On the other hand immigrants who profess Christian faith, have often been seen as non-problematic assimilators and have therefore been largely overlooked by both the media and academic research. A few studies have focused on the ‘reverse mission’ of Christian immigrants who have come to Britain from the ‘global south’ with the intent of missionising the post-Christian British society. However, these studies tend to focus on ‘mission and congregational’ studies and not on social assimilation or church polity. Existing academic research into immigrant communities in UK suggests that most of them create their own ethnic and linguistic groups. This proposed research raises the question, can Christian immigrants be an exception? Further, it also challenges the assumption of the ‘non-problematic’ assimilation of Christian immigrants and explore whether or not the various denominational and regional shades of Christianity can be just as problematic for social assimilation into the UK as non-Christian immigrant assimilation.