In an ever-globalizing world, communities across the country are becoming more and more diverse. Now more than ever, people are exposed to different cultures, and this sharing of ideas, languages, foods, and activities creates change in both the local and immigrant populations.
The importance of cultural context in migration studies cannot be understated. In order to appreciate and understand the complexities of why people would choose to participate in the Diversity Visa Lottery program and why they would choose to come to Kirksville, it is necessary to first understand the places and people themselves.
The following sections aim to give a brief overview of the history and culture of the DR Congo and Kirksville, so that the experiences and opinions offered by the people interviewed may be better situated in a broader perspective. This allows for a more complete understanding of the greater social and economic forces that drive this migration movement and impact community integration.
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