U.S. Immigration

European Immigration

Spanish, French, Swedish, and Dutch colonize North America

1565 - 1776

Early colonists from England arrive in the Eastern U.S.

1607

Protestant Scotch-Irish

1717 - 1775

1st wave (from Western Europe)

1820 - 1880

Irish potato blight

1845

Roman Catholic Irish

1851 - 1860

2nd wave (from Eastern Europe)

1880 - 1914

African Immigration

Ghana is a destination for migrants within Africa

1530 - 1969

Forced migration of Africans to the New World

1619 - 1808

Ghanaians emigrate in Africa due to failing economy

1970 - 1980

Ghanaians seek asylum due to political turmoil

1980 - 1990

Ghanaians immigrate to Europe and the U.S.

1990 - 2013

Immigration Policy

American independence

1776

4th Amendment: African-Americans gain citizenship

1848

Emancipation Proclamation

1863

Federal government established Bureau of Immigration

1891

Ellis Island opens

1892

National Origins Act passed

1924

Civil Rights Act of 1964

1964

Immigration Act of 1965

1965

Immigration Act of 1990

1990