Economic Factors In The 1920's Laws Of Migration In 1914

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Economic factors such as: wages (labour costs), Interest rates, government policies, laws and/or regulations, and unemployment rate, were very important in determining the flows of international migration beginning in the mid-19th century trough to the 1914. Because with these economic factors, people that were rational that were also willing and able to migrate to somewhere, they would have considered those factors. “Bad or oppressive laws, heavy taxation, an unattractive climate, uncongenial social surroundings, and even compulsion… all have produced and are still producing currents of migration, but none of these currents can compare in volume with that which arises from the desire inherent in most men to ‘better’ themselves in material respects.” Quoted by Ernst Georg Ravenstein in his Laws of Migration.…show more content…
Furthermore, between 1880-90, the decadal emigration rate per 1000 in Ireland was 141.7 and 95.2 in Norway respectively – source: Hatton and Williamson 1998, Table 2.1. All these figures suggest that the trend of the flows of international migration in Europe in the mid 19C and early 20C has always been increasing. Why did the European wanted to migrate to other parts of the world so badly (especially to the ‘New World’)? What were the benefits of migrating into another

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