Every day in Ireland is a memorable one for this Indian IT specialist
2017-03-01 18:00:01 -
The Integration Question with Princess Pamela Toyin

Looking at the similarities, to varying degrees, in the two nation’s flags, musical traditions, native languages, independence movements and even constitutions, it’s little wonder why 34-year-old IT professional Narendran Sadasivam’s first venture to Europe from his home in India was Ireland. 

“The family culture is still strong here [in Ireland],” he adds as another commonality, also noting “the strong ties that both peoples have with their culture and history.”

Narendran arrived in Ireland for a job opportunity in Dublin a little over two years ago, and since then his story has been positive all the way.

“I am glad that Dublin was my first entry point into Europe,” he says. “The native Irish are a most friendly people and are welcoming of foreigners. It is very easy to work with people here and the workplace is a very lively one.” 

Narendran says integration for him and his wife and daughter has not posed any problems, feeling they are accepted here. He believes Ireland has a more open immigration policy compared to some other countries even in Europe. Indeed, what he thinks is biggest deterrent to migrants coming to Ireland is our high income tax rates. 

But that’s a minor issue for Narendran, who expresses a deeply felt love for Ireland, such that even the winter months make the summers all the more glorious. 

“I love the weather,” he says. “I know that sounds odd given the Irish themselves do not like their weather, but stay in hot places your whole life and you will love not seeing the sun for many months in a year. 

“I do believe I have integrated well into the Irish system as well as anyone who is a teetotaller can,” Narendran adds with a smile. But he is also steadfast that his daughter will have strong ties to her family while also learning to be independent.  

When asked how long he and his family want to stay in Ireland, he says: “It’s too long a time to forecast for.” But as stated before, his experiences have been positive, and free of racism. 

On his most fond memory of his time here thus far, Narendran says: “I don’t want to spout the same old cliché. Every day in Ireland is a memorable one. It is just that I cannot think of any day that really stands out. But I guess the closest one would be the day my family arrived in Ireland and we went [to our new] home together.”

- Princess Pamela Toyin has gained experience since the mid 1980s working in various fields and interacting with people of different tribes and ethnicity. With her passion for diversity, she is propelled to report a diverse range of issues that facilitate intercultural dialogue and integration, which can change social, economic, and cultural stereotypes, and believes there are lessons to be learned from everyone. Talk to her on +353 (0)87 417 9640 or email echoesmediainternational@gmail.com
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