A Comparative Study Of The Irish Potato Famine Migration And The Modern Hispanic Migration

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A Comparative Study of the Irish Potato Famine Migration and the Modern Hispanic Migration

There is no doubt that the Irish Potato Famine of the 1800’s and the recent Hispanic Migration movement are the two most influential mass migrations to the United States. People in the millions left their homes voluntarily to cross international borders in search of economic and social opportunity in an industrialized America, where the minorities were gradually becoming represented in politics and gaining benefits and jobs that these poor agriculturally-based labourers would have not received in their home countries. The Irish and Hispanic migrants similarly received anti-immigrant sentiments from the native born United States citizens that would affect their legacy as foreign-born in America. Despite similar pull factors and their economical impact, the Irish and the Hispanics differ when it comes to their lasting social influence on the host country as well as the impacts on their home countries resulting from their mass migrations.

To understand the similarities and differences between the two migratory phenomenon’s, the historical timeline of events leading up to the migration must be analyzed and understood. Beginning in the early nineteenth century, America experienced the Industrial Revolution, where industry booming and therefore the demand for labour was higher than it had been in recent years. However, the nineteenth century was not simply a time of prosperity; across the…

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