The Marshall Islands, Migration, and Arkansas

(Pictures by Steve Hebert) Since the mid-1980’s a large group of people have been migrating to Springdale, Arkansas from an unexpected place: The Marshall Islands. Located near the equator in the Pacific Ocean and spread out across 29 atolls and 5 islands, the Marshalls have an estimated population of 53,158 people. Although rich in culture and traditions, the ravages of climate change along with high levels of poverty, alcoholism, and