How Does History Influence Our Communities: Migrations That Have Changed the World

According to Oxford University, there are over 230 million migrants in the world currently. Immigrants have changed the world and helped to shape it into the diverse, technologically advanced place that it is today.

Research shows that immigration not only increases innovation, but it also benefits the global economy. A study undertaken by researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco found that immigrants expand economies in the countries that they migrate to, stimulate investments, and promote specialization.

In this article, you will find a list of historic migrations that have positively changed the world:

Europe to America

Most of the United Statesโ€™ early achievements can be credited to European settlers. The largest populations of settlers came from Ireland, England, Scotland, and parts of mainland Europe like The Netherlands. Europeans have shaped America and helped to make it the wonderful, free, democracy that it is today. One of Americaโ€™s most popular and iconic presidents was John F. Kennedy. Most people are completely unaware of JFKโ€™s Celtic roots, however. JFK was Americaโ€™s first Irish-Catholic president. Both sides of his family were Irish.

The Commonwealth to the United Kingdom

During the Second World War, the United Kingdom lost millions of its men. This led to labor shortages following the war. Because of this, the British government invited people from Commonwealth countries like India and Jamaica to Britainโ€™s shores. Britain today is a cosmopolitan, inclusive society, thanks to immigrants from these countries. Britain is now one of the wealthiest and most diverse nations in the entire world. If you visit London, Britainโ€™s capital city, you will find a diversity of shops, houses of worship, and communities, reflecting the countryโ€™s diverse population. Commonwealth migration has slowed, but Britainโ€™s doors are still open to immigrants from around the world.

Vietnam to America

After the Vietnam War had settled and communists seized control of the nation, millions of Vietnamese people fled their homes and left for the United States. Many of these immigrants would go on to forge successful lives for themselves in the United States, building prosperous communities. Some of the largest Vietnamese communities in the United States are in San Jose, California; Garden Grove, California; Houston, Texas; San Diego, California; Westminster, California; Santa Ana, California; Los Angeles, California, and Anaheim, California. There is also a substantial Vietnamese community located in New Orleans.

Afghanistan to Pakistan

During the 1970s, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. They were unable to overcome the countryโ€™s Mujahideen fighters, who were backed by the CIA and the Pakistani government. Ultimately, the Soviet Union pulled out of the country, which resulted in a civil war. Severe droughts, bloodshed, and widespread conflict caused lots of Afghani refugees to flee to neighboring Pakistan and Iran. Pakistan has accepted over 1.5 million refugees in the last century, with most of them being Afghan. Afghan families were able to build lives for themselves and form communities in Pakistan, which continue to thrive until today.

The World to Israel

After the State of Israel was declared, millions of Jewish families moved to the country to settle there. This is referred to in Hebrew as the โ€˜Aliyahโ€™ โ€“ the migration to the holy land. In the wake of the Second World War, migration to Israel increased significantly. Migration from around the world has helped to shape Israel into the highly advanced and wealthy country that it is today. People still continue to migrate to Israel in the millions. The country allows Jewish people to repatriate there, regardless of financial status or their backgrounds. Converts to Judaism are also welcomed into the country.

Spanish Colonization of South America

While Northern Europeans were colonizing and migrating to North America, the Spanish and the Portuguese were migrating to South America. Spanish and Portuguese immigration to South America has massively shaped the continent. In fact, Spanish and Portuguese are widely spoken in South America today. There was also a substantial Northern European migration to South America from countries like Germany and the Netherlands. In some parts of South America [like Venezuela], there are still large German populations today. With all of that said, there are still huge indigenous communities in South America.

Syria to Europe

In recent years, there has been huge migration from Syria and parts of the Middle East to Europe. This is due to widespread conflict and fighting. Syrians can now be found all over Europe, from England to Germany, and contribute tremendously to Europeโ€™s innovation and productivity.

Migration has changed the world for the better. Governments around the world are realizing this and are welcoming foreigners into their countries in record numbers. The migrations mentioned in this article have undoubtedly helped the world to become a more inclusive and productive place.

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