Key Question: What are the global trends in migration and the phases of U.S. immigration?
Migration is a permanent move to a new location. As people relocate, patterns are unconsciously created involving where they move and why. There are three main flows of migrants which are to Europe from Asia and to North America from Asia and from Latin America. In studying the global pattern of migrants, one could argue that most migration comes from less developed countries to more developed countries. This is most likely because there are more jobs in MDC’s.
There are three phases of U.S. immigration. The first phase is the settlement of colonies and it consisted of immigrants mainly from England or African slaves. The second phase occurred between the mid-nineteenth century and early twentieth century and had immigrants that were almost all European. Lastly, there is the third phase which began in the 1970′s and is still continuing. This phase is mainly made up of Latin American and Asian immigrants.
Ellis Island is located in the Upper New York Bay. It’s an important island because it contains a federal immigration station. Because of this factor 12 million, out of 16 million, immigrants coming to the U.S between 1892-1954 passed through this island. Also, Ellis Island is where the statue of liberty is located.
Click here for additional information on Ellis Island: http://www.history.com/content/ellis-island
Today, most immigrants come from Asia and Latin America and go to North America and Eurpope. See figure 3-2 in the book for a visual of this!