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The role and importance of individual religiosity in refugee aid volunteering. A state-of-the-art report of relevant research

Volunteering to provide aid to refugees takes place in an environment strongly as-sociated with religion. Religious organizations, for example, play an important role in coordinating this aid, and refugees are strongly identified with the religion of their country of origin. It is thus all the more astonishing that religion plays no significant role in the research on refugee aid. The present article reviews the few relevant studies regarding the insights they provide about the relationship between individual religiosity and voluntary engagement. It also compares these findings with research on the relationship between religiosity and voluntary engagement in general. Through this comparison it becomes clear that religion is equated with altruistic motives, which foster the will to offer assistance. In the context of refugee aid, membership in the same religious tradition further motivates voluntary engagement. In the discussion of this finding, we argue that previous research sys-tematically suppresses the field of alternative spirituality and call for further research in this direction.

Individual religiosity, volunteering, refugee's aid, state-of-the-art report

Theo-Web. Academic Journal of Religious Education 16 (2017), V.1