Marriage Migration, Religious Attitudes, Religious Institutions, Migration Policy, Immigration Restrictions, Serbia, Denmark, United States


The following paper draws attention and investigates the impact of religion, specifically religiosity, on the development of marriage immigration policy in Serbia, Denmark, and the United States. In directly comparing between the three states, significant evidence suggests that religiosity has clearly influenced the restrictiveness of marriage immigration policy altogether. Whether indirectly or indirectly, through a defined politico-religious institution or a call to cultural religious tradition, the fact remains that religion presents a powerful force in influencing the restriction of marriage immigration policy. Whether through its concern for ethnic purity, cultural homogeneity, or sexuality, religiosity remains a powerful factor when discussing marriage migration policy that cannot be denied. The factor of religion places a heavy normative burden that calls for a constrained view of migration, suggesting that imposing restrictions on marriage immigration is the expression of a more weighted approach to the sanctity of the human condition.

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June 2016



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