Tiny Riverside, Burlington County - a destination. That's what they wanted. And they got their wish. People are coming. They're just not the ones anyone here was expecting. They're immigrants from Brazil. And over the last five years, as many as 5,000 of them have flooded in and around Riverside's 1.5 square miles, catching off guard the town and its 8,000 souls.
In May she traveled to , where over two weeks she interviewed about 50 people, including U.S. State Department and Brazilian officials. She has spoken with a dozen immigration officials and experts, including several specializing in Brazilian immigration, and read dozens of articles and books on the subject.
Many interviews were conducted in Portuguese through an interpreter. The last names of some Brazilians have been omitted at their request to protect their identities or those of relatives.