Other than migrated family and friends pulling the remaining Marshallese to especially Arkansas in the U.S, the fact that 30,000 Marshallese came to the U.S in the first place and keep on coming can be traced back to the 1986 law known as COFA. Due to this law, citizens of the Marshall can live and work in the U.S without visas nor work permits.
Correspondingly, since over 95 percent of the Marshallese still living in the Marshall Islands have friends or relatives that have migrated to the U.S, the remaining ones are more likely to migrate as well. They are being both pushed by their family and friends, as well as pulled due to chain migration.
Not only does the U.S have a rich and what many describe as an unlimited amount of available jobs especially in factories, but these also come much better pay and working conditions.
Whereas in the Marshall Islands citizens only make a median salary of $2,342 USD annually (by usually growing crops such as bananas), the annual median salary in the U.S is a staggering $56,516 USD.
Marshallese have and continuously are using this law by immigrating to the U.S, since this MDC has great economic factors for overall better living conditions.
In comparison, the availability and efficiency of services such as hospitals and schools are exceedingly better than here in the Marshall Islands. Whereas the infant mortality rate in the Marshall Islands is 16 in 1,000, that of the U.S is only 6 in 1,000. Reasons like the one above make it clear that partly why the U.S has been favored by the Marshallese is due to the U.S being one of the globally leading countries in health care.
When comparing the life expectancy of both nations, the average American citizen lives 13 years longer than a Marshallese. This indicates once again that the U.S generally has better health care.
The U.S is known for being one of the most politically stable countries with rarely ever having a corrupt or ineffective government, completely lowers the chance of war ever occurring. Not to mention, the U.S' political stability may also allow for Marshallese to perhaps start foreign investing.
Although the U.S does have large amounts of fo natural disasters such as annual floods and wildfires, the environment in Arkansas is acknowledged as one of U.S' best.
Springdale, which is known for taking in most of the Marshallese immigrants generally has an all year pleasant environment. The 15,000 Marshallese that have immigrated to Springdale, do prefer the more stable environment of Arkansas.