Initially, immigrants arrived mainly from northern and western Europe, as they had before the Civil War; the largest groups came from England, Ireland, Germany, and Scandinavia. From the mid-1880s until World War I began in 1914, the number of newcomers from southern, eastern, and central Europe increased. Among the new immigrants were also Greeks, Romanians, and Italians, mainly from southern Italy or Sicily. Record numbers of immigrants arrived in the United States, some 9 million from 1880 to 1900, and 13 million from 1900 to 1914. Despite event driven periodic declines, immigration increased from 1870 and 1920, with an increasing diversity of origin, and was met with mixed reaction from existing Americans fearful for their jobs and the lack of assimilation by the newcomers.
Late 19th-century immigrants left their European homes to escape economic problems—scarce land, growing populations, and the decline of subsistence farming. Most settled in the United States permanently, but others came only to amass some capital and then return home. Immigration dropped off during depressions, as in the 1870s and 1890s, and again during World War I. However, immigration was encouraged by new technology such as steamships, which reduced the time needed to cross the Atlantic from three months to two weeks or less.
Where immigrants settled depended on their ethnicity and on when they arrived. In the post-Civil War decade, for instance, Scandinavian immigrants used the Homestead Act to start Midwestern farms. Two decades later, immigrants usually moved to industrial towns and cities, where they provided unskilled labor. By 1910 immigrants and their families constituted over half the total population of 18 major cities.
Immigrants’ lives changed dramatically after they arrived. Uprooted, usually from rural areas in Europe, immigrants had to adjust to industrial labor, unfamiliar languages, and city life. Clinging to their national identities and religions,...
...location. “Push factors are generally negative, such as poor economic conditions, lack of opportunity, discrimination, political oppression, and war. Whereas pull factors are generally positive, such as better economic opportunity, political freedom, and favorable reception toward immigrants” (Potocky-Tripodi, 2002, p. 13).
In order to understand the resettlement and adaption of immigrants in a host country, it is critical to examine all aspects of animmigrant migration path. In light of this phenomenon is significant to understand this process through the lens of three stages of migration: premigration and departure, transit, and resettlement. Theses stages can serve as an ongoing frame of reference for evaluation and comparing their current experience in the host country. “The stage of migration framework provides a context for understating and helping immigrants families and individuals by linking the migration experiences in the original and intermediate countries with experiences in the country of destination” (Drachman, Kwon-Ahn, & Paulino, 1996, p. 627). Using this framework an interview was conduct to analyze the human experiences of migration in attempt to further gain insight on immigrant who take into account not only their economic needs but also social and cultural differences, which may or may not be accepted.
For the privacy of the interviewee, the name Ms. Stephenson will be...
...Immigration in biology leads to genetic variation and higher survival levels. When one talks of immigration, now concerns of economy and living arrangements are the first thoughts that pop in the minds of many. Social and economical positions are extremely intertwined with the concept of immigration. Immigration leads to higher rates of competition in the economy which leads for businesses to have higher output levels, in turn giving room for more workers to be hired. Immigration also leads to more social diversity. More cultures are placed into areas with hundreds if not thousands of other cultures and soon the society becomes greatly diverse. Looking into the past, immigrant workers were responsible for the construction of this nation. This is indeed a nation built off the sweat of immigrant workers from the world over. Immigrants have given enough to this nation to be recognized as key aspects of this nation’s past. Through the process of immigration this nation has grown and expanded. Immigration has been a powerful worker in the creation of this nation and will be discussed as such.
In biology organisms of the same species live within the same living habitats. They share the same needs and do not shun those who live in their habitats. Most organisms live with an understanding that working together will ensure survival. That is the understanding that if one were to exclude themselves from their pack then one would have a lower...
...The positive side of Immigrations
Many people from all over the world move to America and this number of immigrants in the America has steadily grown. Shockingly, “the number of immigrants living in U.S. increased by 2.4 million” (A Nation of Immigrants). They are moving to United State because of the amenities that it has. They leave everything behind for that “American dream”. Those dreamers come to America looking for new opportunities, freedom, better lifestyles, etc. They are looking for the things that they didn’t have in their countries, so they come here to get more opportunities and be successful. According to John B. Judis, The author “Border War” “Mexicans and other Latinos are willing to pay the coyotes, because they hope to find well-paying jobs in the United States.” They are looking for better job and opportunities to make a comfortable life for their families. Although some people argue that immigrants are destroying our society and have many disadvantages for U.S., in fact they help United State to grow economically, educationally, culturally, and keeps America progressing, so we need to attract more immigrants to our land to make America more powerful.
One of the most important advantages of the immigrants is that they help our economy. Many Americans complain that immigrants take their jobs. However, what they do not realize that the jobs...
...is one of acceptance and embracement of immigrants no matter how poor, outcaste, or unwanted, because America was the “Land of Opportunity.” The cartoon in Puck Magazine depicts the United States as a US Ark Refuge with Uncle Sam opening his arms to the poor and decrepit immigrants looking for freedom. (Doc A) Shortly after this cartoon was made America’s open door policy began to diminish replaced by nativist legislature. America’s welcoming nature had throughout its history been selective to whom it applied, whether it be the Irish and German immigrants during the early 1800s who experienced racial discrimination upon arrival (Carnes 492). During the time period between 1880 to 1925 America’s open arms to immigrants became even more selective in the wake of WWI, when a new flow of immigrants from Europe among other places arrived on American soil looking for a new life (Carnes 640). Instead of a “Land of Opportunity” they arrived in a hostile climate fueled by nativist, who believed in White American superiority, and feared cheap immigrant labor was a threat to their livelihood (Carnes 641). The United States government during this time period did protect America’s status as a “Land of Opportunity,” but instead made life as an immigrant more difficult with nativist legislature such as the Chinese Exclusion Act and Immigration Act of 1917 (Carnes 436).
Both social and...
...Canada is a country of immigrants. So it is often referred as multicultural and mosaic community. People bring different cultures to different countries because of the immigration and travelling. People who are from different countries have their own ethics values, beliefs, cultures, and ways of living. To get into new culture immigrants should try to learn languages, laws, culture values, and also try to preserve their own culture simultaneously.
Whenimmigrants involved into a new country or culture they must know the language of that country. Language plays a vital role in the life of individual. If they do not have sufficient knowledge of the language they are more likely to face many problems in their new country. First of all, language is a medium of communication. If they do not know they are not able to communicate with the natives of their new country. Consequently, immigrants are incapable to learn new things from the natives about their country and also face problems while travelling or in shopping. Secondly, language is means of expression and allows person to participate in the community culture. Finally, language also plays a crucial part in many factors such as; education, engineering, and so on. Therefore, it is very important for immigrants that they must have knowledge of the language of their new country to obtain a good experience of life.
In addition to this, laws of a one country...
...Movie Review Assignment
The Immigrant, starring (Charlie Chaplin) is a slapstick comedic tale of the voyage to America. The movie makes light of the deplorable conditions that they faced during their trek across the Atlantic and the hardships they faced upon arrival.
In the first appearance of Chaplin in the film, he is bent over the side of the ship. I like most everyone else thought he was sick, but lifts up to reveal that he caught a fish.
There are several comical moments involving the exaggerated rocking motion of the ship. One such instance, Chaplin shares a bowl of soup with another passenger a spoonful at a time as it slides back and forth between them. A game of craps takes place were Chaplin imitates the windup of a baseball pitcher when he throws the die, which was quite amusing.
Once ashore, Chaplin unsuccessfully tries to attain a job. In the restaurant scene, the story shifts to one of love when Chaplin happens upon a woman that he met on the ship played by (Edna Purrance). However the restaurant scene's best moment was Chaplin's Humorous attempt to avoid paying the bully waiter (Eric Cambell), due to the fact he lost his money. This makes for the funniest instance in the film in my opinion.
I was entertained by the great comedic genius of Charlie Chaplin. He truly paved the way for the comedy that we still enjoy to this day. It's amazing to me, how something filmed almost 100 years ago can...
...was confined to compacted bunks, outlined by poor ventilation. "A report to congress in 1909 called the conditions disgusting and demoralizing" (American Identity Immigrants arriving in NY 1906). Upon arrival to America, immigration authorities first investigated them. Arrival for the early immigrants landed them in Castel Garden Island, and later on Ellis Island. After passing through immigration, which consisted of medical as well as legal inspection, Poles were often met by relatives or representatives of Polish National Union or some other organization. Typically, however, they had to continue their journey by themselves.
Clearing immigration inspection many Poles were attracted to midwestern life, namely Detroit and Chicago because of the vastly increasing opportunity for occupation. Of the many options, which were presenting was; the building of railroads, the paving of streets, and in the city's rapidly expanding manufacturing industries. "Between 1910 and 1920 the number of foreign born whites in Detroit nearly doubled. The largest group, the Poles, accounted for 20% of foreign born whites" (American Identity Thirteenth U.S. Census). Poles were attracted to manufacturing rich parts of the United States.
The labor force used in large part for this industrial expansion comprised of Polish immigrants. Unskilled in any trade, the Poles were forced to begin their careers at the lowest level of employment. As such groups...
Final Draft Essay #2
Americans are Immigrants!
"Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life," was the words of former American president, John F. Kennedy (American Immigration: Quotes about Immigration). Immigrants have been in America for many years now. Today many people have different opinions about whether immigrants should be allowed into America freely, or if there should be more harsh regulations to those coming into the country. After September 11, people have been afraid, or scared of foreigners coming to America. "Today a wide-open door is an invitation to national disaster," was said by FAIR (American Immigration: Quotes about Immigration). I believe this quote is very wrong. People come to our country to find a better place to live, and have a family. They come here for the opportunities, the jobs, and for the pleasures of all the freedom America has to offer. I believe immigrants should freely be able to come into America.
One reason why immigration should be allowed freely into our country all started a long time ago. As early as the 1600's when Americans were using Africans as slaves, the Americans brought these Africans over to America for their own benefits (American Immigration: Assimilation? If so, to What Degree?). As soon as these Africans came to America their title from Africans changed to...