A tradition of emigration
in Emigration from Scotland between the wars
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Emigration became a significant European phenomenon in the century before the First World War. In the course of the nineteenth century emigration was woven indelibly into the fabric of Scottish life and lore. As in the nineteenth century, many emigrants continued to be recruited by private individuals or commercial agencies. Australia, New Zealand and British South Africa absorbed most of the residue of emigrants from both Scotland and the British Isles at large. The Scottish movement, like that from the British Isles as a whole, was concentrated very markedly in the 1920s. Since at least the 1880s the United States had been moving away from a policy of unrestricted immigration and its traditional image as a receptacle for the downtrodden of Europe. In Scotland, wartime decline was quickly reversed after the return to peace ushered in a renewed outflow that was to have notable demographic effects on the country.


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