In‘A Migrant State of Mind’ Newstalk presenter Dil Wickremasinghe explores the mental health of migrants in Ireland.
Migrants come to Ireland looking for a better life. Some come looking for acceptance, freedom, safety or economic security. Some find what they are looking for and for others it’s a work in progress. But regardless of how smooth their transition is, all migrants share a sense of dislocation, and many are profoundly impacted by their experience.
‘A Migrant State of Mind’ meets with 5 migrants with 5 very powerful stories. Dil shares her own story of how she was forced to leave her country because of her sexuality but even though she found acceptance and success in Ireland her mental health is still fragile. ‘A Migrant State of Mind’ also meets Susan, a victim of forced labour, Jayson, an undocumented worker, Emmanuel who was granted refugee status and Pebasha an economic migrant who experienced domestic violence. They all came looking for a better life but how did it feel to turn away from the familiar and bravely step into the unknown and how did the transition impact on their mental health?
People have been immigrating for centuries; and although the method of transport has got easier, stricter immigration control has made relocation far more difficult.
The journey of a migrant does not end when they arrive on the shores of their new home. Those who do succeed in immigrating often face a challenging settlement process which involves poverty, isolation, loss of social status, insecurity of immigration status, discrimination and racism.
‘A Migrant State of Mind’ explores how the process of immigration impacts on a migrant’s mental health, by bringing you the stories of five inspirational individuals, in their own words.
‘A Migrant State of Mind’ will air on Newstalk 106-108 radio on Saturday the 12th of October between 7am and 8am and repeated on Sunday the 13th of October from 6pm to 7pm.
‘A Migrant State of Mind’ was recorded and presented by Dil Wickremasinghe, produced and edited by Francesca Lalor and mixed by John Davis.