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Migration Miracle

Faith, Hope, and Meaning on the Undocumented Journey

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$30.00 • £24.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674066144

Publication Date: 09/10/2012


238 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

2 tables


It will be an essential text for scholars of religion and migration, and likely a favorite in graduate seminars. Migration Miracle should also be read by scholars interested in the theoretical explanations for migration, as it adds complexity to the traditional economic explanations of why people leave. But the audience most in need of this book is the policy makers who, in their narrow focus on the economic and political ramifications of undocumented migration, have forgotten that migrants are not mere economic units but human beings who face inhuman conditions in their attempts for survival and the survival of their families, beseeching God along the way.—Stephanie J. Nawyn, American Journal of Sociology

Migration Miracle is a deep and nuanced engagement with religion and faith in Latin American migration odysseys. By examining the real needs of undocumented migrants, Hagan offers new insights for those who work with migrants during these incredibly difficult journeys. This groundbreaking study should inspire similar research in Africa and elsewhere, where much work still needs to be done in understanding the role of religion in the migration process. Migration Miracle paves the way for a new way of thinking about migration in the twenty-first century.—Archbishop Michael A. Blume, SVD, Apostolic Nuncio in Benin and Togo; Undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Internant People, 2000–2005

In her magnificent book, Migration Miracle, Jacqueline Hagan shows that religion has not been consigned to the dustbin of history, but is a vital and dynamic feature of contemporary social life. It constitutes essential reading for people interested in immigration and religion alike.—Douglas S. Massey, Princeton University

Jackie Hagan’s beautifully written book opens up new territory in the field. She not only sheds light on a neglected dimension of migration, but also describes in intimate detail how spirituality and religious practice help migrants face the dangers and uncertainties inherent in that process. Hagan’s lucid writing draws on an international sample of extensive interviews and ethnographic data.—Robert Smith, Baruch College, City University of New York

Awards & Accolades

  • 2010 Distinguished Contribution to Research Book Award, Latino/a Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association
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