Immigration in the late 1800s to early 1900s

During the late 1800s to early 1900s, millions of people immigrated to the U.S. Identify and explain several reasons people left their homelands to move to the U.S.

Think about:
-Conditions in homelands
-Opportunities in the U.S.

...I just need more ideas, please help.
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political oppression, eg Russian peasants, Jews. Potato famine in Ireland. General optimism about a largely empty land - many of those who left Europe (where most of the migrants came from) could hardly afford to own a shack, and ended up owning homes, even farms.
many parish councils paid the passage to ease the long term burden on the locl tax payers. it was the assisted passage that sent the majority of the Irish over there during the two periods of the mass exodus of Rural Ireland. many towns and villages in England had promoted the opportunities of the new world with promises of a future for entire families who were dependanrts of the parish.

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