Homelands to Townlands: Newcomers

Homelands to Townlands: Newcomers

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County Tyrone, Fermanagh, Lusty Beg Island, Omagh




Transmission 19/02/2008


23min 46sec







Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)


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Through the use of photographs, home videos and interviews, experience what life is like for those who emigrate to Northern Ireland. In this episode, we meet Roma, a first generation Filipino immigrant, now living in Northern Ireland. She describes the experiences that she, and many other Filipino emigrants have encountered, including a degree of discrimination. She also recounts day-to-day difficulties - be it learning to understand the local accent, or to appreciate the local food. In order to alleviate these difficulties, and foster a sense of belonging amongst her fellow emigrants, Roma established an ethnic support group in her new hometown, in Omagh. 

Recent years have seen an upturn in immigration from places such as Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary. However, wherever they come from, and be they recent school leavers or professionals, they have all come to NI with the expectation and hope that they might create a better life for themselves.Love of travel is another reason that people come to Northern Ireland. By contrast, an interviewee from Indonesia speaks about the tribal wars occurring in her home country and, so, for her, safety is the primary reason for her stay in NI. The programme concludes with an interview with a representative of the Ethnic Minority Support Groug. They stress that it is not enough to simply accept people, we must welcome them too.


Supported by the Northern Ireland Community Relations CouncilA Westway Film Production for UTV



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