Migrant Religiousness and Social Incorporation: Tamil Hindus from Sri Lanka in Germany

Baumann M, Salentin K (2006)
Journal of Contemporary Religion 21(3): 297-323.

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Processes of immigration and the importance of religion among migrants have caught the interest of both researchers and politicians. This article presents new empirical data from a study of Tamil Hindu immigrants in Germany. Tamils from Sri Lanka have come to Germany as asylum seekers during the 1980s and 1990s. The majority are Hindus (about 46,000) who established some 25 Hindu temples over the past two decades. In contrast to previous ethnographic research on this immigrant group, this article applies quantitative and statistical research to complement existing findings and to analyse the scope of religiousness and its impact on processes of immigrant social incorporation. The findings underscore that material wealth and generation progression exert a significant influence on the religiousness of the Tamil Hindu immigrants. The results also show that on the one hand, religion has significant association with Tamils' reluctance to assimilate and with their preference to maintain contact with other Tamils rather than contact with Germans. However, on the other hand, religion does not prevent contact with Germans on the level of interaction. In fact, the data point to an increase of inter-ethnic contact among the Hindu. Another important finding is identification with multiple religions: 8.1% of the sample describe themselves as both Hindu and Catholic.
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Baumann M, Salentin K. Migrant Religiousness and Social Incorporation: Tamil Hindus from Sri Lanka in Germany. Journal of Contemporary Religion. 2006;21(3):297-323.
Baumann, M., & Salentin, K. (2006). Migrant Religiousness and Social Incorporation: Tamil Hindus from Sri Lanka in Germany. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 21(3), 297-323.
Baumann, M., and Salentin, K. (2006). Migrant Religiousness and Social Incorporation: Tamil Hindus from Sri Lanka in Germany. Journal of Contemporary Religion 21, 297-323.
Baumann, M., & Salentin, K., 2006. Migrant Religiousness and Social Incorporation: Tamil Hindus from Sri Lanka in Germany. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 21(3), p 297-323.
M. Baumann and K. Salentin, “Migrant Religiousness and Social Incorporation: Tamil Hindus from Sri Lanka in Germany”, Journal of Contemporary Religion, vol. 21, 2006, pp. 297-323.
Baumann, M., Salentin, K.: Migrant Religiousness and Social Incorporation: Tamil Hindus from Sri Lanka in Germany. Journal of Contemporary Religion. 21, 297-323 (2006).
Baumann, Martin, and Salentin, Kurt. “Migrant Religiousness and Social Incorporation: Tamil Hindus from Sri Lanka in Germany”. Journal of Contemporary Religion 21.3 (2006): 297-323.
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