Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Jennifer L. Lemkuil
A sojourner is a person who resides in a country other than his or her country of origin for an extended time. Sojourners leave their home country for a specific purpose (e.g., teaching, studying, working, military service, humanitarian aide) but have no intentions of applying for citizenship or moving permanently to the host country. International students, peace corps volunteers, military personal, missionaries, and people who temporarily work overseas are all examples of sojourners. Usually this temporary move is purely by choice; however, in certain cases, like that of military personnel, their service may be voluntary but their requirement to move may be a demand of their ...