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Throughout time people have moved and migrated around the world for many different reasons Immigration throughout history has become a key factor in the diffusion of culture in both the United States as well as the rest of the world Immigration is defined as the transfer of a foreigner from one country to another to settle there Many ethnic groups have migrated in attempts to better their positions and run from ethnic troubles such as poverty high unemployment famine disease starvation religious reasons and political troubles Coffey Immigration on a world scale reached a peak in the 19th and 20th centuries For decades the Irish and other ethnic groups had fled their countries which they had called home to America in search of better opportunities and conditions to build better lives for themselves and their families The first great influx of immigrants to the United States began in the early 19th century when large numbers of Europeans left their homelands to escape the economic distress and the political distress in their native countries Fallows These were the many causes for the immigration of the Irish to the United States For the Irish many of their problems began in the 1180s when the King of England decided that the British needed more land This need was created due to England having a small amount of land and the practice of primogeniture This term meant that all family land inheritances went to the eldest son In an attempt to solve this land problem the Pope gave Ireland to England so there was more land for the British to settleGuinnane In the 1600s the English began to live in Ireland and they then began to introduce a policy of forced assimilation In enforcing this policy they tried to eliminate the use of Gaelic the Irish language abolish the Catholic religion and also eliminate the social and political equality among men and women The British also introduced and instituted
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