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PEAKS/WAVES OF IMMIGRATION

from  http://www.bergen.org/AAST/Projects/Immigration/waves_of_immigration.html

 

The century following 1820 can be divided into 3 great periods of immigration, or "waves." These three have immigrants coming from primarily three different regions.

 

        1820-1860, Great Britain, Ireland, and Western Germany.

        1860-1890, The above countries continued to provide, as well as Scandinavian Nations.
        1890-1910, The majority was Austria, Hungary, Italy, and Russia, up until World War 1.
 

From 1905 until 1914, an average of more than a million aliens yearly entered the U.S. With the outbreak of World War 1, the number declined sharply. In 1921 the number again rose, but only for a short time until changing conditions in Europe as well as new U.S. Laws governing immigration were established.

 
 

from Center for Immigration Studies, http://www.census.gov/population/www/documentation/twps0029/tab02.html

 

        1910-1970, The majority of immigrants continued to come from Europe.

        1970-2000, The number of European immigrants since 1970 has declined significantly while the number of immigrants from Latin America has greatly increased.  In 1990, 43% of new immigrants came from Latin America and the Caribbean.

 
 

 

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*Number of immigrants listed in millions; numbers approximated from information on websites mentioned in this section.