Adrian, student in his 20s from the USA

He is studying part of his degree in UCC, but will return to the US and finish his degree there.

I find it an issue for people that don’t speak English as a first language. But then I also have been walking around Cork and then I do notice that there’s like some people that are from like a Portuguese or Italian community. Like there’s also like small pockets of different cultures around here.

Our communal fridge in the house, a vital part of our home.

I really like this pub, spend lots of time with friends here.

I go to the English Market to find deals on meat and chicken.

In our home, we take turns to cook for everyone. Chicken is a loved item.


Asef, is a student from Indonesia, in his mid 20s.

He has a passion for photography and has just finished his degree and is looking for a job in other cities in Ireland. He intends to stay in away from Indonesia as much as possible as a way to make his dream home in a European country.  


Faraz, a refugee and a student from Afghanistan, is in his early 20s.

He aims to go back to Afghanistan to volunteer and teach students. He believes with his education gained in Ireland, he can be beneficial to his country. He financially supports his mother and his brother in Afghanistan.  He has rented a room in a house belonging to a disable Irish man who is kind to Faraz by reducing the rent according to what he can afford.

He has been kind to me, so I look after the house, by cleaning and doing laundry for him.

The kitchen where most of the work in the house is happening.


Hassan, a refugee from Afghanistan, in his mid 30s.

Hassan is married but his wife, an Afghan refugee lives in Iran. He has applied to become a naturalised citizen for 18 months but has not heard about the outcome of his application. His application to renuite with his wife got rejected two years ago due to financial reasons. He is waiting for his citizenship to finalise so he can reunite with his family. Home for him can be achieved when she arrives in Cork.

I don’t know many places in Cork, as I do not eat out, but there is a place, a café, it is very central. It is where we hang out with friends to discuss our cases. No one minds us there.


Jason, an undergraduate student from the US, in his early 20s

Jason spends one semester in UCC as part of an exchange programme. He lives with a friend in the US and has a dog whom he misses a lot. Whilst he is Cork, his friend is looking after his pet.

I don’t do much cooking, usually something simple.

So it’s interesting. Idaho has a lot of very close similarities. I felt like it would make the adjustment—the climate in Northern Idaho, where I grew up, is very similar, it’s just more rainy here. But foliage, you know, the general overcast is like pretty similar, and then like there’s no language barrier, which makes adjusting, especially on your first trip outside of the US, easier.


Madhav, student in his 30s from India, he is married, with his wife living in India. They are going to reunite when Madhav finishes his studies and finds a job in Ireland.

I lived there [Delhi] since—I have two homes actually. Not right now, but when I born I born in another home, okay. Then I have full memories of that home as well because I was born there, I lived there right until 10 years. I was 10 years old. But I have full memories. And I can explain. I can draw even pictures, because my mind is photogenic actually. It does not like—if I see some place, I can describe you the colour, I can describe you the appearance, I can describe you the structure. My mind is photogenic. So I can explain you after one month where this scenario is here.

Dunnes Store in Central Cork as a key place in Cork for shopping for Madhav.

A view of the city by the river where Madhav takes a walk and thinks about his future.

Celebrating Diwali with friends with some borrowed substitutes.


Negassi, is a student and child of a refugee family from Ethiopia. He is 19.

Negassi’s family live in another town in Ireland. He commutes to Cork every week and lives in a shared accommodation. He is very quiet, is not outgoing and spends much of his time in his room or in the university, studying. His parents plan to leave for Ethiopia, having a difficult time to adapt to Ireland, but Negassi plans to stay and look after himself and his younger brother. He believes he will have a better future in Ireland.

This is the pub near university, where I come to watch soccer. Although the sign now is for rugby.

There is a coffee places, I am taking you there. […] and there’s this thing called jebena. It’s just like—what do you call it—it looks like a teapot but it’s not. Like it’s made from some kind of soil. So it’s very different. I don’t make coffee that much. I just have to buy the beans for my mother. When I go back to Cork, yeah, I have to buy one.


Oorjit, is in his 20s,  is a student from India

His parents live in India and have high hopes for him. He is passionate about photography and spends a lot of time on his social media outlet to display his photos. For him, the notion of home translates a lot into his childhood era, his neighbourhood and his hometown in India but he does not plan to go back, instead he is planning to further migrate to the US.

University campus, where I normally spend my time.

So I chose Ireland. And I had an eye on Ireland before also. But I was just looking for Germany and that. Because of that I had overlooked Ireland. But when I saw Ireland, it had everything I want. It had the good social benefits, like good people, very friendly people. Universities were good. The education system was good. The IT market was just fantastic for Europe because it’s like the silicon hub of Europe.


Ranit, in his 20s, is a refugee from Afghanistan.

Ranit’s notion of home is revolving around family. He is single and lives alone in Cork. His plans are to join his parents and siblings who live in the UK, who encourage him to join them as soon as he receives his Irish citizenship.

Interviewer: Do you always keep your living room so tidy or you did it for the photo?

Ranit: No, it is always tidy.

This is my kitchen, it is enough for one person.

I normally sit ont this bench and think about my family.


Salman, a Master’s student in his 20s, from Nigeria

He lives with his girldfriend, in a flat in Cork. His plans are to get married to her but at the moment, he is grappling with his studies and finding his feet.

So we’re going to the bridge, the new bridge. You know, the longest bridge in Africa. So if you get down on the bridge and you stand on it, it is shaking, like shaking. There are a lot of vibrations. You feel the bridge shaking.

I really like this painting. It is magnificent, I think.

This is our wall of memories.

This is my corner, where I study on the table and where I pray.