Americans Abroad: A Comparative Study of Emigrants from the by Arnold Dashefsky, Jan DeAmicis, Bernard Lazerwitz, Ephraim

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Only one area for which data were available revealed a distinct difference between the two migrating groups and that was sex. Men comprised 60% of the surveyed Americans in Australia, but only 45% of Americans surveyed living in Israel. These proportions depart from the 48/52 male/female split among adult Americans. In many historical instances of international migration, males have predominated. Nevertheless, Israel represents an ideologically acceptable destination for the emancipation of females from traditional Jewish households which other venues may not.

Americans perhaps suspect that most of the world's underprivileged would move here if they could; millions of illegal aliens from Mexico and other Latin countries seem to prove this hunch. Rich and powerful, enormously affiuent, and exuberantly free, America seems to hold out the promise of unlimited freedom and material gain for anybody who works hard. So it is not a simple thing to explain why many Americans leave their homeland to settle in another country. Indeed, one of their more prominent destinations is Australia.

Of course, in the twentieth century the period of the late 1960s and early 1970s marked the apex of emigration to Canada. 6 reviews these recent data and reveals that such emigration peaked between 1970 and 1974, when the figure reached 26,541. 2 permits a comparison of the incidence of American emigration for selected available years for Australia, Canada, and Israel. In general, the level of emigration to Canada was four to eight times greater than to Australia or Israel during the peak of emigration to these countries (1969-1973).

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