Emigration of Argentines

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Emigration of Argentina

Since the beginning of time, man has been on the move searching for new places, better opportunities and easier living surroundings and since then immigration has been a powerful force globally. The decision to migrate is influenced by differentials that can be economically related such as employment or earnings; politically related such as freedom of religious expression; or socially related such as location of family. “In 2010, some 214 million people — 3 per cent of the world's population — lived outside their country of origin” (www.unfpa.org). Until recently, Argentina has been mainly distinguished as a country of immigration. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Argentina was a country of opportunity and a net importer of people and capital; but immigration led to diminishing economic prospects and volatile politics, which prompted the emigration of Argentineans today. The emigration of Argentineans hurts the country economically and socially.

In the early 19th century, Argentina gained independence from Spain and adopted an open immigration policy to encourage immigration. The government even subsidized immigrant boat passages to promote migration. Between 1870 and 1930 Argentina experienced a huge wave of immigration, receiving over seven million immigrants, with the majority of the immigrants coming from Spain and Italy. The minority immigrants were from France, Germany, Britain and Ireland. Europe was facing severe economic conditions during this time and the charm of an under populated country rich in natural resources and employment possibilities drew people to Argentina. Most of the immigrants were drawn to Buenos Aires and they came from poor classes of society and many of them worked as laborers. Many of these migrants returned back to their native country because of the slow industrial development in Argentina and…...

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