Emigrant Voices

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File photo of a security checkpoint at Orlando Airport. Photograph: Stan Honda/AFP

The first thought that burst into my head and thundered across my chest when a stampede of screaming people ran towards me at Orlando airport on Satur(...)

Nicky O’Brien, Pearse Cole and their children Keelin (10) and Dillon (7) with the judge and ‘mountie’ (police woman) after becoming Canadian citizens.

I am shopping for a red dress. Red, like the maple leaf on the Canadian flag. My husband Pearse and I, along with our two children Keelin and Dillon, (...)

Yvonne Watterson with her partner Scott Henrich: ‘Even though I know you’re not supposed to have any expectations, I had prepared myself to be let down and lied to, but my instinct told me that the man at the bar was not going to lie to me and that I would not lie to him.’

Between the time I met my husband and the time he died 24 years later, the search for romance and Mr Right had moved online, a perfect place for me to(...)

Unsung heroes: Members from the Tasmania Fire Service working to control the recent bushfires. Photograph: Heath Holden/Getty Images

The water-bombing helicopters tackling the nearest bushfire to us here in southwest Tasmania have called it quits. After two weeks, the last of the ev(...)

James Parnell and his family moved back to Ireland in 2016 after 16 years living in Sydney.

I briskly dry myself by the car after an ocean swim. OK, OK it’s a dip. I’ve been told it’s not the “ocean”, it’s the “sea”. But I like how “ocean” ro(...)

Water bombing helicopters have been regularly deployed in recent weeks in an attempt to put out bushfires in Tasmania.  Photograph: Heath Holden/Getty Images

The calendar finally ticked over into February last week, officially ending the hottest January Australia has ever seen. This is a sobering fact, give(...)

‘Just before the Brexit vote, my husband and I had almost bought a flat. We were planning to put proper roots down in London, after living here for nearly a decade.’

“Well, I’ll be sorry to see you go, but I’m not surprised.” “Sounds like a great decision; I wish I could do that.” “Getting out before Brexit, eh?”(...)

‘You miss your culture. You miss those things you’ve dropped along the way. You suddenly feel like a large tree that’s lost all its leaves.’

Whenever my five-year-old son plays with his army men, we always have the same conversation. “Whatcha playing?” He stares at me blankly, clearly uns(...)

Philip Lynch’s home in Tasmania is surrounded by gum trees.

In contrast to Far North Queensland, where torrential rain has led to widespread flooding with over 400mms falling in 24hrs, here where I live in drou(...)

People walk along the lakefront  in Chicago, Illinois. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

A blast of Arctic air is moving across the United States and Canada, bringing record-breaking windchill temperatures as low as -48°C in parts of the M(...)

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