Proceedings of the First International Conference on Christian and Inter Religious Studies, ICCIRS 2019, December 11-14 2019, Manado, Indonesia

Research Article

Muslim Migration to East Nusa Tenggara: Their Implications for Faith Communities

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.11-12-2019.2302091,
        author={Michael R. Quinlan and Bernard Adeney- Risakotta and Zainal Abidin Bagir},
        title={Muslim Migration to East Nusa Tenggara: Their Implications for Faith Communities},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the First International Conference on Christian and Inter Religious Studies, ICCIRS 2019, December 11-14 2019, Manado, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={ICCIRS},
        year={2020},
        month={11},
        keywords={migration and religion muslim-christian relations indonesia},
        doi={10.4108/eai.11-12-2019.2302091}
    }
    
  • Michael R. Quinlan
    Bernard Adeney- Risakotta
    Zainal Abidin Bagir
    Year: 2020
    Muslim Migration to East Nusa Tenggara: Their Implications for Faith Communities
    ICCIRS
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.11-12-2019.2302091
Michael R. Quinlan1,*, Bernard Adeney- Risakotta1, Zainal Abidin Bagir1
  • 1: Inter-Religious Studies, The Graduate School, Universitas Gadjah Mada
*Contact email: quinlan.michael@mail.ugm.ac.id

Abstract

Migration within Indonesia continues to shape and reshape countless cities and islands across the archipelago. Rural to urban migration transforms metropolitan centers, increasing economic productivity while straining infrastructure. Transmigration carries new peoples and technologies to developing lands, inviting competition for resources at the risk of conflict. Migration and the demographic shifts that result bring benefits as well as pose challenges to both migrants and their host communities. Based on ethnographic research of 108 Muslim migrants to East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), this paper offers a reflection on the phenomenon of Muslim migration to Christian-majority areas and the implications for faith communities. The study was conducted between February 2018 and February 2019. Drawing from the experiences of migrants on the islands of Sumba and Timor, this paper will discuss the effects of migration on religious belief, the potential for conflict due to religious illiteracy, and the role faith groups can play to minimize intercultural and interreligious tension.