Invitation to Irish Emigrants

Irish emigrants are invited to participate in a study being carried out by Maria Touza, Emilia Grycuk and David Tracey, as part of their Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at Utrecht University, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

The study aims to investigate Migratory Grief among migrants living abroad who originate from either Poland, Venezuela or Ireland. Migratory Grief refers to the various physical and symbolic losses migrants incur when moving to a new place, the problems they encounter when adapting to a new culture and the threats that can be posed to their own cultural identity along with the negative psychological and social consequences that can result from this.

Overall our study aims to improve the understanding of Migratory Grief as it occurs for migrants from a variety of cultural, economic, social and political backgrounds. We hope to shed some light principally on whether an individual’s reasons for leaving home, their socio-economic status in their new country and/or the degree of cultural change they experience moving from their country of origin to their new residence has an impact on the amount of migratory grief they experience.

What will happen to me if I take part?

If you consent to take part in this study you will first be asked to complete a demographic questionnaire, providing information about yourself and about your migration experience. You will then be invited to answer one scale which will measure your level of Migratory Grief. At the end of the study the researchers’ contact information will be provided should you have any further questions.

How long will my part in the study last?

This study should take approx. 10-15 mins to complete


The study is entirely anonymous. As the study is anonymous you will not be able to withdraw your data once it is submitted as there will be no way of identifying an individual’s data.
We look forward to your participation.

Kind Regards,
Maria Touza, Emilia Grycuk & David Tracey, Masters students Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology,

Dr. Henk Schut
Associate Professor,
Department of Clinical Psychology

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