This chapter focuses on the intersection between experiences of illness and migration. The case examples discussed here illustrate that when difficulties arise, placing migration and its consequences central to discussions about illness and mortality can help to construct a less pathologizing understanding of self, family and others. They draw attention to the importance of listening, bearing witness to pain and exploring the impact of the past on the present. However, they also illustrate the need to highlight stories of strengths and resilience and attend to transference and counter-transference phenomena: to personal resonances with the experiences of the people with whom we are working. The philosopher Derrida (2000) proposes that the foreigner is a figure that questions our own existence and belonging: he speaks of an otherness that is not a spatial problem but relates to the cultural and experiential distance between you and me.
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