Akademia Nauk Stosowanych
im. Alcide De Gasperi
Migrants’ right to religious freedom as a reason for cultural changes in European host countries
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Subject of research: Migrants (refugees) enjoy extensive religious freedom under international documents. However, one of the problems raised as part of the migration (refugee) issue is the claim that they form some kind of danger to the religion of the host society. An influx of Islamic people into a Christian society is construed as a major threat to the religious integrity of that society. Aim of research: This paper investigates the hypothesis that massive migration combined with religious freedom lead to cultural changes in host European countries. The issue also concerns national security and public policy, which are threatened by terrorist activities motivated by religion. Nevertheless, this issue evolved from a legal problem to a political and cultural one. Methodology: The main method used in the paper is formal-dogmatic. The paper focuses on analyses of the provisions of international human rights as well as case law of the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union. The historical method used for the analyses of case law allowed for theoretical considerations of the impact of migration on the cultural behavior of societies in host countries.
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