Experiences of Migration

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Experiences of Migration

Peter C. Watson PEM
American Military University
Experiences of Migration

For hundreds of years migration has been the topic of discussion as individuals or mass groups have migrated away from their homelands in search of alternate residency elsewhere throughout the world. Much like today, the 19th century migrators have been faced with a plethora of different types of reactions by their newfound territories including both positive and negative in nature. Many individuals exhibited numerous viewpoints including the various governments who understood the advantages of immigration. Immigration certainly holds the potential to live a more lucrative life in another part of the world as most immigrants enjoyed the various employment opportunities and enhanced lifestyles. Although some immigrants traveled with their families, there were individuals who set out to find a new life while leaving their loved ones behind. In one such case, and individual by the name of Teofila Borkowska was left behind in Warsaw Poland as her husband sent out to find a new existence. Unfortunately for Teofila, her husband never returns as we read in her correspondence to him.

1893. Dear husband: up to the present I live with Rybickis. I am not very well satisfied, perhaps because I was accustomed to live for so many years quietly, with you alone. And today you are at one and of the world and I at the other, so when I look at strange corners I don’t know what to do from longing and regret. You won’t forget me, that you will remain noble as you have been …. I have only the sort of the friends think that I own thousands and from time to time someone comes to me, asking me to lend her a dozen rubles.

1894. Up to the present I thought and rejoice that you would still come back to Warsaw, but since you write that you will come I comply with the will of God and with your will. I shall now, the days and weeks until

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