Archive for the ‘Demographics’ category

Mapping Migration: Mapping Churches’ Responses: Europe Study

March 7, 2012

Darrell Jackson and Alessia Passarelli’s report on migration in Europe was prepared for the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe and set out to inform as wide an audience as possible about the realities of migration in contemporary Europe.

Migration studies is particularly complex and the facts have to compete with the rhetoric and misinformation that often predominates in popular debate.  This report, though now three years old, remains an important resource for empirical migration studies setting out statistics for 47 European countries.  It also includes introductory chapters which describe the nature and patterns of contemporary migration in Europe, theological approaches to the subject, and highlights some examples of how churches are responding to migration.

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Mapping Migration: Mapping Churches Responses 

New demographics drive new Religious Law in Spain

March 20, 2010

Monitoring and compiling European religious statistics is a thankless task but just occasionally we hear of a story that encourages us to continue. A report this week from AC Press News expects the Spanish Government to publish draft proposals for its new Law on Religious Freedom this Spring, following statements from José Manuel Contreras, Director of the Department of Relations with Confessions.

The introduction of the Law is seen as a direct response to changing Christian Demographics in Spain (already reported on by Nova in the latest edition of Christian Research’s Quadrant magazine) and is described as an attempt to rethink legal secularism. According to ACPress Contreras stated publically that ‘the law of 1980 responds to a reality different from today’s’ in which there are a million Muslims, one and a half million Evangelicals, 600,000 Orthodox and some Buddhists and Mormons, in addition to the 77% of the Spanish population who say they are Catholics (including practising and not practising).

The new law is likely to lead to the removal of religious symbols from public buildings, address the legal status of ministers, regulate the collective rights of Christian denominations and associations, widen access to subsidies for charitable work carried out by churches, and deal with land ownership by church communities.

It seems that European mission and Christianity is facing something of a sea-shift across the continent as existing accords and agreements between Church and State are being reviewed and, in some cases, revised.