Why Is It So Difficult For People?

1310 Words Oct 10th, 2014 6 Pages
Imagine picking up your whole life as a kid, or even an adult, and moving it halfway across the world. You don’t speak their language, don’t know their cultures, and frankly look different. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet a young lady who did this. She picked up her life, along with her family and moved to the United States. I interviewed a girl who moved to the United States at the age of 17, from Puerto Rico to Wisconsin. Although Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, it’s a completely different culture and it scared her. The United States is a huge melting pot country, almost 20% of international migrates reside in the U.S. (Auclair, Batalova, Nwosu, 2014). With that statistic holding true, why is it so difficult for people to do it? I interviewed her in order to learn about the experience of moving, the difficulties people experience when they go through the process, and after, and to find out why they do it. I also was interested in learning about the process of moving to a different place, very different from home, and how that effected their lives. The transition process cannot be easy, yet so many people do it, so it must be worth it in the end.
Migration Context: The United States receives immigrants from across the world every year. People are always looking for the new experiences and better experiences that the United States offers. While many migrants come from other countries, the United States receives migrants from territories of the U.S. too.…
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