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Repeat Migration Between Europe And The United States, 1870–1914

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This chapter explains the general processes of two-way migration across the North Atlantic in the context of an environment wherein such relocation was legal, readily affordable, and clearly economically advantageous to many more Europeans than the roughly twenty one million who actually undertook it between 1870 and 1914. The more immediate goal is therefore to develop more accurate measures of repeat migration in this period, and to examine some associated implications for broader processes of relocation between Europe and the United States. The chapter explicates these migration processes and measurement issues in six sections. It first deals with definitional matters: most especially, which transatlantic moves by individuals should be counted as migration, and how to most effectively measure those moves and that migration. The chapter develops such an explanation by relating the central features of transatlantic repeat migration to the general self-selection processes influencing the overall numbers who relocated.

Keywords: Europe; migration; United States



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