Sunday, October 10, 2010

NORTHERN MIGRATION 1870 to 1890s onwards

Source: http://www.let.leidenuniv.nl/history/migration/chapter52.html

...1870-1924, which is characterized by the migration from Southern and Eastern Europe, mostly Polish and Italian. Their main goal was to build a better life than they had had in their homeland...

...Mostly small Irish tenants and agricultural labourers fled for the hunger, many of whom were in a state of extreme distress. Driven by recurrent food crises, the annual outflow over the next half-century (1840-1890) was increasingly of younger Irish emigrants travelling alone, now including large numbers of young women.
Many of the Scots who arrived after 1815 were Highlanders who had lost their crafts in the 'clearances'...

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