Why we’re thinking of the emigrants from Ireland this Christmas
Holiday season is the hardest time for separated families
Writer Liam Ryan wrote "Emigration is a mirror in which the Irish nation can always see its face” and those of us who have experienced working and living away from home particularly at a Christmas time know the raw emotions that can be experienced by many over the period.
It is important that time is taken to reflect on the impact of emigration on families, communities and society in general. A recent survey highlighted the fact that one in three Irish people aged between 18 and 24 are planning to emigrate in the next 12 months. Latest emigration statistics show that over 60,000 people left Ireland in the twelve months leading up to April, the highest rate since 1989.
The Christmas period is an especially difficult time for the undocumented Irish in America. Many people from this area have family members living and working in America who they have not see because of the restrictions on travel enforced by their undocumented status. It is imperative that the issue of the undocumented Irish in America and all the hardships that go with such status are resolved in a humane manner. The fear of not being allowed to re-enter the US, where many Irish people have made good lives for themselves, has meant that these people have been cut off from their families and their native country. The issue of the undocumented Irish remains unresolved.
Our families, friends and members our communities are living under the continued threat of being demonised as felons.
A pathway to Citizenship must be found for them. Let us remain committed to ensuring that their plight and that of their families will be highlighted
So here’s to all our loved ones, friends, fellow countrymen and women, who for one reason or another find themselves away from home this Christmas. And when we toast them we must show due compassion and consideration for those from different lands and cultures who now reside within our communities. They too have loved ones and “homes” many miles away.
My own son who now lives in England put it so well when he reflected “I know that I am very fortunate to be celebrating Christmas in this way, but despite all of the attractions that where I am now holds there is one thing it isn’t, and that is home. For despite the comfort and cheer that I’m lucky enough to have, there is one thing that I can be absolutely certain of: I will be missing home and wondering what family and friends are doing back in County Armagh”.
You can be rest assured that many of us here at home will be wondering just exactly the same about our loved ones, no matter where you are.
Leave the door upon the latch,
And set the fire to keep,
And pray they'll rest with us tonight
When all the world's asleep.
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