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Immigration has been one of the hottest topics in the United States for a very long time. Immigration is described as the movement of non – native peoples in order to settle there and make a new life. The idea of immigration has been around for thousand of years, even the cavemen “immigrated” to follow their food source. Fast-forward a few thousand years and this idea is still extremely prevalent today. Many people move from one country in order to better their lives and follow a new food source, so to speak.
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The reason of this paper will be to give a fair and balanced view of Immigration, and to show how it affects not only the people who come to the US, but as well as the people who already live there. Immigrants are motivated to leave their former countries of citizenship for a variety of reasons, desire for economic prosperity, to find or engage in paid work, to better their standard of living, family reunification, escape from prejudice, conflict, or the wish to change their quality of life. Immigration to the United States is a complex phenomenon that has been a major source of population growth and cultural change throughout much of the history of the United States.
The first mass wave of immigration to the United Sates started in 1820. The people that came to the United States were from Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Bohemia, Ireland, and a small number of Chinese. Roughly fifteen million people emigrated from 1820 to 1880. There were three main causes for the mass immigration. There was the Revolutions in Europe, mainly in Germany. Then there was the 1848 California Gold Rush. The third reason for this immigration was the end of the Mexican-American War. The two main groups that immigrated to the United States were Germans and the Irish, as a result of the Revolutions in Europe.
In 1820, almost 8,000 immigrants arrived from Europe, however, in 1932 there was a sharp increase in the number of migrants, and after that year, the number of new arrivals never fell below 50,000 a year. From the 1830s through the 1850s, nearly 4 million people from northern Europe crossed the Atlantic for a new life in the United States. Most of these immigrants settled in cities in the north, such as Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. The cause for such an inundation of people was cheap and rapid ocean transportation, famines and revolutions in Europe, and the United States’ growing reputation as a country with abundant economic opportunities and political freedom. These immigrants greatly
The United States has been historically a country of immigrants. Since the first British settlers landed on the shores of the eastern United States in the 1600’s, there has been a strong and steady influx of immigrants to North America. They were driven by the promise of a new and better life for themselves and for their families. Over the last 400 years there have been successive waves of immigration that have risen and fallen over time. Historically most immigration has come from the European nations with waves coming to the United States by region and specific countries. In the 1800’s there was a mass migration of Irish, German, British, and French Immigrants. The largest group, the Irish, was escaping the Potato Famine that left Ireland in an awful state of poverty and famine. These groups sought a better life from the poor economic and social times of Europe and were lured to the United States by the hope of land, freedom, opportunity, and jobs. Later improvements in technology in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s led to lower transatlantic fares. Many Slavic people, Greeks, Hungarians, Poles and over 4 million European Jews came over during this time in search of a better quality life, better jobs, and more oppor...
These immigrants came from southeastern Europe mainly. The country's population skyrocketed with the flow of immigration after the civil war. These immigrants built America, as you know it today.
Over twelve million immigrants came to America; each immigrant had their own story (SV; SV). Some immigrants came for religious freedom, freedom from government, or maybe just a plain old fresh start. Sometimes people had to find ways to sneak into the country because they knew that they wouldn’t be allowed in. One point seven million Jews came to America so that they could have their own bit of freedom (Berger). Catholics also escaped to America (Golway). Over in the European countries people weren’t treated fairly, most of the time they would be forced to believe in the same things that the leader of that country believed. If people that tried to believe differently got caught they would get in a lot of trouble. They decided to come to America for religious freedom. Many countries would become over populated; this would result in a problem for the United States of America until the quota system was created. Italian, Austrian, English, Russian, Hungarians, Norwegians the list goes on for the people who left their homes (a, b, c) (Berger). In the years eighteen-sixty five to eighteen-ninety, ten million people came from northwestern and central Europe: tw...
International migration in the development context relates both to people that have chosen to move of their own accord , and forced migrants that can ultimately end up contributing to both their country of resettlement and possibly their country of origins if it is ever safe to return . Development meanwhile , is a dynamic process implying growth , advancement , empowerment and progress with the goal of increasing human capabilities . Contemplating for a change the large community of immigrants hopes for immigration laws to be permanently reformed for better opportunities , growth as a nation , and development in modern day American society . The ultimate goal is to enlarge the scope of human choices and creating a safe and secure environment where citizens can live with dignity and equality . We are able to identify the development immigrants have had and can see how highly entrepreneurial they become . Research from the Small Business Administration suggests that immigrants are more likely to start a business than are non-immigrants