Immigrants and their grief

Those who make the decision to emigrate generally do so with the intention of achieving a better life for themselves and their family. The reasons why in their country of origin they cannot reach that standard of living are multiple, among them, we can list political conflicts, insecurity, lack of economic opportunities.

The truth is that the migrant ends up concluding that the living conditions in his country do not allow him a reasonable quality of life, so the impulse and desire to achieve it emerge in his consciousness.

Many of them motivate them in the worst case scenario to maintain their lifestyle.

Radical change of the immigrant in their lifestyle

This is a decision that is very difficult to make, it means a radical change in their living conditions, it is a conflict between progressive impulses that induce the person to explore and discover against conservative impulses, of no change, the so-called zone of comfort.

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In a situation like this, as in any situation of change, there are gains and losses. In the person who emigrates, assimilating these losses means a reorganization of ideas, thoughts, feelings and emotions, this is the process of mourning.

If it is carried out in an adequate way, it allows to overcome them and be able to achieve the proposed goals.

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The immigrant’s grief

The immigrant in his departure process loses a lot and the duels that accompany him are varied. Family, friends, work, language, customs, social norms, culture, and social status.

Perhaps leaving the family is one of the most difficult to handle, especially if the migrant is alone. So effective support from family and friends disappears, you have very few people to lean on, you have to start from scratch many times.

In this sense, it is a situation of vulnerability that predisposes them to greater risks and has few tools to face them.

It is a very stressful situation, which generally lasts until the person finds their space, understands and understands the culture, language, norms, habits of behavior and understands the psychology of the social group where they were received.

This is a colossal short-term learning effort that took the national several years from childhood to learn.

In the DSM V psychiatry diagnostic manual there is a term, the difficulty of acculturation, which refers to the difficulty of adapting to a new culture (for example related to emigration) this can be the object of clinical attention or it can impact on treatment or the prognosis of a mental disorder.

Migrants are at higher risk of developing depression and anxiety disorders. If you can give them a hand, if not at least be tolerant and help them understand your habits.

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