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Birds of passage: Return migration, self-selection and immigration quotas

Ward, Zachary


A key feature of migration in the late 19th and early 20th century is that many migrants returned to Europe after a few years in the United States. A common view is that most temporary migrants planned, upon entry, to eventually return home, yet there is little direct evidence to support this claim. I collect the first dataset on migrants' intentions to stay or return home from Ellis Island arrival records between 1917 and 1924. I find that fewer migrants planned to return home than actually...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Explorations in Economic History
DOI: 10.1016/j.eeh.2016.09.002


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