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April 20, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 172

Much of the growth of America is attributed to US immigration. US immigration has brought a wide variety of people from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds making the country one of the most ethnically diverse in the world.

There's a long history to US immigration. During the 17th and 18th centuries historians estimate that between 400,000 to one million immigrants crossed the Atlantic. In the 17th century, it's estimated that 175,000 Englishmen migrated to Colonial America. Many arrived as indentured servants.

For the first few years of the United States US immigration was low. Historians estimate that fewer than 8,000 people migrated to the Americas a year. Between 1836 and 1914 the United States an influx of US immigration with more than 30 million Europeans migrating to the States. Many died on the transatlantic voyages. Some statistics suggest that as many as one in seven travelers died.

US immigration patterns changed over the years. Up until the 1930s most legal immigrants were male. By the 1990s most legal US immigration was comprised of women. Women made up just over half of all legal immigrants. They tended to be younger than the native population of the United States too, according to publications by the Academy Press.

Statistically with US immigration immigrants tended to move to and live with people of similar backgrounds.

After the tragedy of 9/11 attitudes by much of the American public changed drastically regarding US immigration. Even those trying to migrate to the United States have been reported that saying immigration has become more difficult since the attacks. Discrimination against immigrants has also increased, according to some, since the attacks. There are still some Americans who are so opposed to immigration that they think tighter controls on US immigration will make the country safer and enhance national security.

US immigration has had such an impact on the country that it's been the inspiration for many American novelists and writers. They used immigrant experiences for their writings bringing to life what they or their families experienced moving to the United States for the first time.

There are plenty of authors who did this, but one author is well known for her work in this area. Anzia Yezierska wrote a novel called Bread Givers in 1925 that explored the tensions between the Old and New World Yiddish cultures as well a women's experience of immigration.

Another well-known author who explored US immigration in his writings is Vilhelm Moberg. He wrote about a Swedish family's migration to Minnesota in the 19th century and has also written other books about the immigrant experience.

The impact of US immigration has also made its way into the film industry and documentary. Filmmakers Shari Roberston and Michael Camerini completed a fairly recent documentary examining the American political system through the lens of immigration reform between 2001 and 2007. The series of films has become resource for educators, policy makers and advocates.

For the latest information on obtaining a US visa and on finding a US immigration lawyer visit the usvisalawgroup.com information pages.

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