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Protecting Non-Resident Citizens and Immigrants: The Changing Roles of Church and State (Gender Strand)

This project builds on the IRC-funded project: The Irish Catholic Church and the Transnational Politics of Migration (Phase 1)

Project Description

  • Phase 2: A study of the relative roles of church and state in the social protection of migrants. This research locates the Irish case study in the wider field of research on Transnational Social Protection globally. As origin-state diaspora engagement policies proliferate, the project is investigating the intersections between church and state in protecting non-resident citizens and positioning the Irish case study in relation to those of Italy, Mexico and The Philippines. This project will investigate the gendered aspects of these initiatives.
  • Phase 1: This project investigated the role of the Catholic Church in the social protection of migrants (emigrants from Ireland and immigrants to Ireland) from the mid-20th century to the present.

Principal Investigator

  • Breda Gray

Research Team

  • Breda Gray
  • Ria O’Sullivan Lago
  • Natalia Mazurkiewicz
  • Dr Eoin O’Mahony (DCU) acted in an advisory role

Funding Source

  • Irish Research Council


  • Phase 1: 2009-2011
  • Phase 2: 2012-

Outputs to Date

  • 2019-2021: Writing up research monograph.
  • IdEx University of Bordeaux Initiative of Excellence, Visiting Scholar Award at Centre Émile Durkheim. Sciences Po Bordeaux, Sept-Dec 2019.
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Sociology, Wellesley College and at the Transnational Studies Initiative (TSI) at Harvard University, Fall 2018.
  • 6 peer reviewed journal articles
  • 6 book chapters
  • 4 Workshops International on Religion in the Public Sphere (UL)
  • Database of 70 interviews with migrant chaplains, directors of pro-migrant NGOs, and Philanthropic funders
  • Database 84 documents (church and state on migration, integration and state diaspora engagement policy)
  • Archive of 28 interviews (with consent) migrant chaplains and supporting materials UL Glucksman Library, Institutional Repository
  • Special edited edition of Irish Journal of Sociology – developing transnational methodological and substantive insights from project.
  • 16 conference papers
  • Collaborations: Wellesley College and Transnational Studies Initiative Harvard; Centre Émile Durkheim, Sciences Po Bordeaux