Migrant of God? How religion can impact upon a nation’s border | Hudson McKenzie

Migrant of God? How religion can impact upon a nation’s borders.

April 16, 2018 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

With most nation states being predominantly secular, questions can be raised as to how much relevancy religion still has within the global immigration sector?

From a UK immigration perspective, any migrants wishing to work within a faith community can apply for a Tier 2 or Tier 5 (temporary worker) visa, in which being a part of a religion is classed as that individual’s job within the UK, for up to three years.

However, as most nation states globally are now commonly perceived as ‘secular’, in which the state is separated from religion within its affairs, why does religion therefore still have an impact upon the type of immigration route that a budding migrant might choose to go down?

One reason could be regarding the acknowledgement of Human Rights by all nations, in which the freedom of movement (as seen within immigration) can be attributed synchronicities to the freedom of expression, regarding one’s own personal choice of religion. Thus, by allowing religion to be taken into consideration within the immigration sector, nations, albeit secular, can combine these two fundamental Human Rights for all citizens globally.

Yet, as terrorism rises amongst nation states, this impacts the influence of religion upon immigration further, as secularism increases in a bid to fight terrorism, which is usually influenced by religious purposes. For instance, such examples can be found within the recent ‘Muslim Ban’ under the Trump presidency within the U.S., in which several protestors argued that this effected an individuals Human Rights detrimentally.

Therefore, how can a nation protect its secular interests, specifically in relation to terrorism, without neglecting an individual of their Human Rights regarding their choice of religion when desiring to immigrant between nation states?

One possible solution could be the hypothetical notion that the decreasing of borders would eventually decrease secularism between nation states, in which by promoting globalisation, those of religious affiliation, as well as those without, would be able to migrate across borders without their Human Rights being impacted upon. However, such utopian ideology can only be speculated, at present.

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Author: Portia Vincent-Kirby