Sudha Chavda. Hillingdon
appreciate a sense of 'belonging' therefore uprooting, especially separation
from both place and group at the same time is a stressful business.
Migration was an adventure in which excitement may have played a part,
but so did anxiety and a sense of loss especially when there were large
differences in culture and problems of languages to contend with. Thus
it was not surprising; they arrived bewildered, perplexed, distressed,
fearful and confused. Most of the immigrants succeeded in concealing
their reaction after arrival, but in some it became apparent later.
The old feeling of loss, or despair, or homesickness or anger could
be reactivated by a new stimulus. At such a time, even years after the
event, the old conflicting emotions may come back to the surface and
produce changes of behaviour or mood. They might have suffered from
culture shock when the psychological cues that help an individual to
function in society were withdrawn and replaced by new ones.