5 / 1994
Marjan Drnovšek

Mass Emigration and Slovenes

The author makes a synthetic summary of the results of his research on the migrations of the Slovenes from the last decades of the 19th century until the outbreak of the Second World War. The following issues are briefly addressed: the definition of an emigrant, the demographic component of emigration, the duration of absence, destination (mostly the USA), reasons for emigration (in addition to economic the author mentions other reasons such as evasion of military service etc.), the public response to mass emigration, the journey of migrants from their home to Ellis Island.