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African religious ministers’ transition from expatriation to migration: the role of world-view

Ramboarison-Lalao, L., Brewster, C. and Boyer, P.-Y. (2019) African religious ministers’ transition from expatriation to migration: the role of world-view. Journal of Global Mobility, 7 (4). pp. 346-363. ISSN 2049-8799

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1108/JGM-02-2019-0015


Purpose - This article explores the contextual determinants of the move from expatriation into migration among ministers of religion originating from the developing world. Design/methodology/approach - We used in-depth analysis of narratives of four African religious ministers working in France, plus interviews with their five superiors and three host country national colleagues. Findings - The findings point to personal-level, organisational-level and country-level contextual determinants, which come into play as levers or barriers in the ‘expatriation into migration’ process. Originality/value - Our study develops a theoretical framework which points to the positive and negative influence of three-layered contextual determinants on how expatriated low-status church ministers from the developing world become migrants. We found a so far unreported determinant of the personal context: the role of a world-view: very visible as ‘God centrality’ in our participants. Results also shed new light on the international careers of this overlooked category of ‘non-traditional expatriates’ from Africa.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > International Business and Strategy
ID Code:86595


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