Marshallese Migration: Comparative Well-Being In U.S. Destination States

Wheeler, Brittany, Fitzpatrick, Juno, van der Geest, Kees and Burkett, Maxine (2020). Marshallese Migration: Comparative Well-Being In U.S. Destination States. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

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    Author Wheeler, Brittany
    Fitzpatrick, Juno
    van der Geest, Kees
    Burkett, Maxine
    Title Marshallese Migration: Comparative Well-Being In U.S. Destination States
    Publication Date 2020-09-01
    Place of Publication Honolulu
    Publisher University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
    Pages 20
    Language eng
    Abstract This brief contributes first-hand information from 79 Marshallese respondents living in Hawai‘i, Oregon, and Washington, who have compared their well-being in these destination states to that of their previous lives in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). In addition, they reflect on how their sense of well-being relates to their concerns about a changing environment at home. Altogether, these Marshallese perspectives provide multi-locational, context-specific information that indicate how their lives are unfolding today, and may be best supported going forward. This brief has three main components. It begins by providing a background on the Marshallese respondents who informed this study, and information about the data collection process. Second, the brief reports findings on comparative well-being, offering both qualitative and quantitative information provided by Marshallese individuals. This section also focuses further on the context of climate change, attempting to understand differential well-being in a changing environment. Finally, the brief closes with final thoughts on the experience of Compact migration to the United States, reflecting on some of the current and future opportunities and barriers facing Marshallese communities, including the legal challenges of COFA status in destination states and the outsized impact of COVID-19.
    Keyword Well-being
    Sea level rise
    Copyright Holder The Authors
    Copyright Year 2020
    Copyright type Creative commons
    ISSN 24104930
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