Buffalo, New York, became an immigrant destination beginning in 1850 with the arrival of Catholic Irish and German people, almost doubling Buffalo’s population within a decade. By 1855, 75 percent of the adult population in Buffalo was foreign born. How were these immigrants perceived by the overwhelmingly white Protestant residents? In 1870, a second wave of immigration began, of predominately Polish and Italians, almost tripling Buffalo’s population. Why were these groups and others leaving their native countries in large numbers? Why was Buffalo one of their destinations? Were they accepted by the other groups residing in Buffalo? What political, economic, and social impacts did this great influx of foreign-born settlers have on Buffalo? Why did the flow stop by 1925?
Asians represent a later wave of U.S immigration. Noticeably, there has been an increase in the Asian population in Buffalo, particularly refugees from Southeast Asia. In 2015, the world witnessed the Rohingya refugee crisis. Who are the Rohingya people? What is their story? Join us for this enlightening and fascinating discussion.
Jean E. Richardson, Associate Professor Emerita of History and Social Studies Education
Vida Vanchan, Associate Professor of Geography and Planning
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