Magazine December 17, 2020, Issue

The Future of Mass Migration

A migrant caravan on the outskirts of Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, January 23, 2020 (Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters)
A look at the major factors  

In 1955, it was not unreasonable to believe that mass migration to the United States was a thing of the past. Following the restrictionist legisla­tion of the 1920s, the flow of European migrants had long since slowed to a trickle. By the Eisenhower years, the children and grandchildren of the Italian, Russian, and Polish newcomers who had settled in the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were moving out of fading ethnic neighborhoods and into sprawling suburbs, where they intermingled and intermarried with Americans who traced their lineage to earlier waves of migration. Though the so-called bracero

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