A story which follows a number of people who have left their homelands to seek a new life in the so called 'New Europe'. Each has a story to tell; a story about remembering and forgetting; a story about finding and losing, about a place to be, a sense of belonging, an identity.
This documentary tells the story of Abdel, Mouloud, Özlem, Saïdo, Natasa, Malika, Magda, Marta, Daniel and others from Algeria, Turkey, Somalia, Bosnia, Tchetchenya and Poland. Now they live in European countries such as France, Germany, Finland, Austria, Poland, and Ireland.
They went there by chance, design, necessity or simply because they had dreams.
Each has a story to tell; a story about remembering and forgetting; a story about finding and losing, about a place to be, a sense of belonging, an identity.
But is this 'new Europe' any different from the old?
The immigrant and the refugee have always been there but they do not grow old, nor do they die, instead they are replaced. Like the Birds of the Air, their search for a place in the sun is part of the order of things.
Birds of the Air was produced by RBB in February 2007 and broadcast 2 May 2007.
The English version was mixed courtesy of Radio France International Exchange, in the studios of France Culture.
Sound engineer: Michel Créïs.
Composed and directed by Kaye Mortley
A radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries