If mixing people from different cultures had a color that would be the color of a rainbow. During a heavy rain we are troubled and fear for what is coming next, however when the rainbow appears, its beauty and the calmness of nature make us think that everything is going to be fine. It’s the same with migration. In the beginning everything seems difficult and uncertain only to end up in harmony and balance.
Understanding the different psychological stages that we all go through when we try to live in a foreign country is good for us and for the people around us. In this very important situation an organization like OYM (Immigrants Support Organization) can be of great help. It stands besides us in every step in order to help us fight any difficulties and guides us. These different psychological stages (not necessarily in this order) are the following:
Happy Period: We think that everything around us is great, the people, the pictures, the smells. However problems that may come up lead us to disappointment.
Confusion Period: In this stage we start to understand ourselves and although we may be angry with the changes in our lives we try to contact with new people in our lives. Old and new are still fighting to find a place inside us.
Peace Period: We understand that we did not betray our home country because we adopted many elements from our new country. Old and new are in balance inside us.
Interactive Period: We feel part of a greater community while we still have our original identity.