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In the 19th century, substantial outmigration from Java was connected to the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Indonesia was the country of origin of almost half the pilgrims who reached Mecca. Many pilgrims... [Item of the Day]
The immigrant-populated cigar manufacturing town of Ybor City, Tampa, Florida was founded in the 1880s. Circular migration developed between Havana and Ybor City - migration of not only workers but... [Item of the Day]
Almost a thousand Japanese immigrant workers arrived monthly in California in the early 1900's.  Tension grew over the Japanese as it was feared they would depress wages. A 'Gentlemen’s Agreement'... [Item of the Day]
The steamship Great Republic was launched on 8 November 1866. The first passenger liner between San Francisco and Hong Kong could accomodate 1450 passengers. The introduction of steamships... [Item of the Day]
On 23 May 1914 the steamship Komagata Maru arrived in Vancouver, Canada, with 376 Indian Sikhs on board. They claimed right of entry as citizens of the British empire. However, by pleading a law... [Item of the Day]
Polish craftsmen were hired by the British Virginia Company to settle in Jamestown, Virginia Colony (founded 1607) and manufacture high-quality glassware and pitch. In 1619 the first elections for... [Item of the Day]
Katatura is a township of Windhoek, Namibia. It literally means 'a place where people don't want to live'. Migrant workers living in Katatura are leaving for their homes in Ovamboland (Namibia) on... [Item of the Day]
Thousands of young men from China arrived in the 1880s to work on the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The Government of Canada imposed many restrictions and regulations on immigrants from... [Item of the Day]
At the end of World War II, 6.5 million  Japanese were scattered throughout the islands in the Western Pacific and on the Asiatic mainland. Article 9 of the Potsdam Declaration of 26 July 1945... [Item of the Day]
On 22 June 1947, the SS Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury, UK, with some 500 adventurist Jamaican immigrants on board. Most of them were skilled or semi-skilled craftsmen and found work within weeks... [Item of the Day]