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The Politics of Armenian Migration to North America, 1885-1915: Sojourners, Smugglers and Dubious Citizens

David Gutman


This book tells the story of Armenian migration to North America in the late Ottoman period, and Istanbul’s efforts to prevent it. It shows how, much like the present, migrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were forced to travel through clandestine smuggling networks, frustrating the enforcement of the ban on migration. Further, migrants who attempted to return home from sojourns in North America risked debarment at the border and deportation, while the return of migrants who had naturalised as US citizens generated friction between the United States and Ottoman governments. The a ... More

Keywords: Migration, return migration, migrant smuggling, borders, Ottoman Empire, Armenians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474445245
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474445245.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Gutman, author
Manhattanville College