Christianity: A Culture of Transnational Mobility

with Jonathan Tan


Gomes and Tan provide fascinating insights into the role Christianity plays in allowing transient migrants in Australia and in Singapore feel a sense of community and belonging in the host nations. Here they describe how Christianity among transient migrants allows both those born into the faith and those who converted while in the host nations a way of dealing with loneliness and homesickness. Here Gomes and Tan note that while Australia has a Christian tradition, Christianity is also the fastest-growing religion in Singapore while Asian religions such as Buddhism and Taoism are fast declining. However, Gomes and Tan also point out that while Christianity may seem to provide a bridge between transient migrants and the local citizenry, this does not happen since respondents formed Christian communities with fellow transient migrants and thus parallel Christian societies in Australia and Singapore respectively. This chapter ends with a section on the implications of the research on policy and practice.


International Student Christian Faith Home Nation Korean Immigrant Christian Church 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.RMIT UniversityMelbournAustralia

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