Stories that deal with groups of economic migrants are never far from the pages of newspapers. Our whole idea of migrant workers has become bound up with preconceptions often dictated by the media. Society’s perceived response to this group of people which, at this point in time are an important part of our society and economy, tends to be polarised. They often get confused with asylum seekers and are subject to discrimination and exploitation. On the other hand, they can also be seen as excellent employees who are successful and much in demand.
However, behind all the generalisations lie the stories of thousands of individuals who have left their families and friends to come to this country to seek a better life. Many come for economic reasons, to support their families, simply to travel or to seek a completely new life. My interest in pursuing this project has been with the individuals and the reality of their journey and aspirations. How close have they come to finding their original dreams and their ideas of home?