Migration with Dignity: A Case Study on the Livelihood Transition of Micronesians to Portland and Salem, Oregon
Scott Drinkall*,, Jackie Leung**, Carl Bruch*, Kapiolani Micky**, and Sandi Wells**
*Environmental Law Institute
1730 M Street, NW #700, Washington, D.C. 20036, USA
**Micronesian Islander Community, Oregon, USA
The Pacific Islander population in the U.S. continues to grow, with the Portland-Salem, Oregon area serving as one of the largest communities, notably among those from the Micronesian region. Migrants emigrate for a variety of reasons including educational and employment opportunities, improved healthcare, and assisting family members. The purpose of this study is to better understand the transition of Micronesians – specifically Chuukese, Marshallese, and Palauans – to Oregon and to identify factors that help or hinder that transition. The study utilizes a Migration with Dignity framework, assessing reasons for emigration to the U.S., experienced quality of life, especially livelihoods, potential reasons for (not) returning to one’s home country, and barriers and facilitating factors for an improved quality of life in Oregon.
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