Ireland is one of 14 EU Member States that has a regular resettlement programme, with a quota to resettle 90 refugees in 2014. From Monday, 6 October to Friday, 10 October 2014, the Irish Independent newspaper wrote a series of articles about resettled refugees in Ireland, revealing one resettled refugees' story per day. The series, written by journalist John Meaghar, interviewed refugees from Burma/Myanmar, Sudan, Iraq, Chile, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. We hope that the following articles will provide readers with an insight into the unique experiences of resettled refugees.
Monday, 6 October 2014:
'I hid my pregnancy for eight months because I thought I'd have to give up everything' (Burma/Myanmar)
For most women, the discovery that they are pregnant is a cause for celebration. But for Hsar Bnay Say, a Burmese national living in Castelbar, Co. Mayo, finding out that she was going to have a child was a reason to be fearful.
Tuesday, 7 October 2014:
'Racism is a feature of life, no matter where you are' (Sudan)
His body bears the scars of war in his native Sudan, but refugee Moses Ali has found a new life in Kilkenny.
Wednesday, 8 October 2014:
Escaping a nightmare: 'In Baghdad I used to carry a gun around with me because the fear of kidnap was always there' (Iraq)
When Zena Abbas talks about her father, her eyes shine brightly. "He was such a good, kind man," she says, speaking to the Irish Independent over a tea in the cafe at Cork's scenic Fitzgerald Park. "I looked up to him as so many daughters do with their fathers."
Then her mood darkens when she recalls the moment her life was turned on its head in 2005.
Thursday, 9 October 2014:
'My brother was executed. I only found out about it a month after it happened...' (Chile)
Patricio Riesco has spent more than half his life in Ireland, and much as he has grown to love this country, he wishes he never had to leave his native Chile.
Friday, 10 October 2014:
I wrote to Mary Robinson to ask her to help find my father' (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
From war-torn Bosnia to a new life in Dublin, Ernis Avdic has been here since he was 12. He tells John Meagher that he's proud to call Ireland home.