This dissertation investigates the assimilation challenges of Somali refugees and immigrants in the Kansas City area. The process of immigrant assimilation has both economic and socio- cultural dimensions, and the purpose of this project was to understand those aspects of immigrant integration. This project was especially is dedicated to gain a deeper knowledge of the challenges faced by Somali immigrants while trying to adapt to the culture and ways of the host societies in light of their culture, traditions and economic conditions. I examined the role that gender, age and local institutions play in the assimilation process as well as the transnational nature of individual's lives. The role that place plays in the assimilation dynamics and the impact of a growing ethnic enclave on the cultural landscape of Kansas City were also themes elucidated in this work.
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