These immigrants often came due to either a “push” or “pull” factor, or as a "bird of passage".
Reasons to Immigrate
- A common purpose was to come to America to earn money, then return. These immigrants were called "birds of passage".
Irish Potato Famine
“I would advise all my friends to quit Ireland – the country most dear to me; as long as they remain in it they will be in bondage and misery… I shudder when I think that starvation prevails to such an extent in poor Ireland. After supplying the entire population of America, there would still be as much corn and provisions left us would supply the world, for there is no limit to cultivation or end to land.”