THE IMPACT OF MIGRATION ON THE FAMILY

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Migration conditions bring important changes in the lives of migrants, wherever we are, we are all parts of a world almost already, without borders. Migration is one of the central topics of globalization in the 21st century. In the United States, Europe and Latin America hospitals, clinics and private clinics have been transformed into places of intercultural meeting between professionals and clients. Families work in transnational spaces. All immigrants, those who left their countries voluntarily or those who are forced to seek asylum or political refugee status, those who come from nearby or far away, those immigrants who are men, women, young or old, rich or poor, suffer in some degree or another, some form of loss, grief or mourning.

The loss of migration has special characteristics that distinguish it from other types of loss. Unlike the unalterable fact of death, which has been incorrectly compared, the immigrant losses are both larger and smaller. They are more spacious than the death of a close person because migration brings losses of all kinds: loss of relatives and friends who remain in the country of origin, lost native language, traditions and rituals, the earth itself.

There are compensatory elements, such as the hope of economic improvement, educational opportunities, or new political, economic or social freedoms.

These elements create contradictory emotions: sadness and joy; lost and refunds; absence and presence that make losses are incomplete, ambiguous, postponed and as someone has called them “perpetual mourning”.

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