The Overflow Of Immigrants

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The main reason for immigration has remained economic opportunity, the appeal of better land or a better job. Before 1920, about 30 percent of all immigrants to the United States later returned to their native country. Some immigrants intend to stay in a new country temporarily and then go back home. But others go back because they find adjusting to a new society too difficult. (Source: The World Book Encyclopedia, Volume 10, Page 82). From 1820 to 1870 approximately 7 ½ million newcomers entered the United States. Nearly all of them came from northern and western Europe. In the mid-1880 's, some states sent negotiators to Europe to lure settlers. Railroad companies did the same thing. The overflow of immigrants started to distress many native
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