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Rooms C, T and U: VCR
|Ethnic Mix of Overseas Migration Streams from Eastern Europe: Collective Memory and Facts |
|The paper deals with overseas migration of Poles, Germans, Jews and Ruthenians in the nineteenth century, and at the beginning of the twentieth century. Did they migrate together or separately? Analytically it is useful to discern between migration streams and migration chains. Migration stream refers to people that migrate at the same time, into the same destination and along the same route. Migration chains are formed by people who form social net. The fabric of migration streams was plural, at the time of the mass migrations, but does it mean that migration chains were ethnically plural as well? If not, why did Germans, Jews, Poles and Ruthenians settle next to each other in the New World?
It is asserted that myths which function in collective memory, present migration as a mono-ethnic venture which is separate for each East European group. In reality, however, people of various ethnic backgrounds traveled and settled together in the US.
The process is analyzed on a micro level. Family and individual stories give us interesting insight into mechanisms of the migration process. These stories are being confronted with myths, and common beliefs.