Migration, Transition, and Livelihoods: A Comparative Analysis of Marshallese Pre- and Post-Migration to the United States
Shanna N. McClain*,, Jennifer Seru**, and Hermon Lajar**
*Environmental Law Institute
1730 M Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20036, USA
**College of the Marshall Islands, Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands
With growing numbers of Marshallese immigrating to the United States, increasing attention is given to the enabling factors that support migration both pre-departure and post-arrival. This article provides an analysis of structured interviews and surveys between College of the Marshall Islands students living in Majuro in comparison to first generation Marshallese living in Springdale, Arkansas. The analysis sought to understand the intent of Marshallese students to move to the United States, their reasons for emigrating, and their expectations regarding life outside of the Marshall Islands in contrast to the current lives and livelihoods of Marshallese living in Arkansas. This article identifies the disparities between expectations, opportunities, and information exchange and provides options for improving the immigration and accommodation of Marshallese into the United States.
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