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Migrations, Case Study

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Migrations If we take into account the definition given by the Oxford Student dictionary, migration is : "a movement of a large number of people, birds or animals from one place to another". 1 In the nineteenth century a huge migration took place, in which people from different countries of Europe left their homes to search for a new one. One of this communities which decided to move was the Italian one. In the following project, I am going to analyze this huge movement, taking into account various aspects of it. in the first place, it would be necessary to mention that I will only take into account Italian migration to Argentina. Once this is stated, I will investigate the reasons for such movement, including economic and socially mainly. I will also mention the reasons for people choosing Argentina as their new home. My essay will also include a deep investigation of one of my family members, my grandfather, who lived in Italy in the early years of this century, and I will also add to my project photographs, documents and all the possible information which proves he lived in Italy and then moved to Argentina. I will also ask him to tell me the conditions in which he lived here, what attracted him to move to this country and who migrated with him. The reason why I chose Italian migration is because my grandparents coming from Spain died some years ago and they were a very small family. ...read more.


The greatest Italian migration was between the years 1938 and 1948. The people migrating were either escaping because they were followed by the Nazis, or were excluded by the Fascist, were escaping from war, or were just looking for a new place to start their lives after the war. Argentina seemed to them a fairly safe place where they could live in peace. Another positive aspect of Argentina was that it was a very big country, and there were lots of land available which nobody used. Most people migrated with the expectation of finally getting their own land and being able to progress economically. My grandfathers history. The 6 of September of the year 1926 my grandfather, Genaro Sommantico was born in Sarno, in the province of Salerno, Italy. His family was made up of his parents and six children. He is the oldest of them, his siblings are called: Americo, Carlos, Alfonzo, Luisa and Filomena. This family lived in Salerno all their lives, until they moved to Argentina. His father worked in a factory, while his mother worked at home, cooking and cultivating the little land they had. When my grandfather was little, he begun to study with a group of monks, but when he started secondary he went to study to a nearby town, where there were a group of adolescents which had been sent by their families to study with a teacher. When he was fourteen years old, the Second World War broke in Europe. As a consequence he and his family had to move to the mountains for about four months, and lived in terrible conditions. ...read more.


They usually learned this by their grandmother, or mother. Most of the people worked in land, because there was plenty of it, or they continued doing the work they did in their countries. Italian people usually were the ones who built the houses, or had small shops. The clothes the people wore were usually dark, with no color. Women used to wear long black skirts, with white shirts and another long shirt which they used to work and clean. Men woke up early and went to work. They were the ones in charge of maintaining the family. On Sundays, they usually eat "pastas", very typical of the Italians. Another food that was prepared was the "polenta" or "guiso", which were hot and had a lot of nutrients. Almost every meal included some "fiambres" and cheese, which were eaten before the rest of the food. In Christmas, the women prepared the "pan dulce", which is like a cake. The twenty of September is a very celebrated day by the Italians because it is their day. They wake up early, and began to get ready for a big party. The vice consul of Italy gives its usual speech and then the party begins. All the people wear their countries costumes, and a band plays their original music. They begin to dance and eat the food which is prepared by the women. The party ended very late at night, and everybody is happy. 1 Oxford Student Dictionary, page ... 2 Scobie, James R. Argentina, a city and a nation. New York: Oxford University Press, 1971, page 192 3 Whitaker, Arthur P. Argentina. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, Inc., 1964, page 54. 4 Poblaci´┐Żn Argentina-inmigrantes entre 1869-1895- http://www.apellidositalianos.com.ar/curiosidades.htm ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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