Immigration of the Greeks

By: Nyesha Blount & Tayeja Davis

When did the Greeks get to the United States?

In case you didn't know, yes Greeks are immigrants. The first Greek immigrants came in the 1820's. Greeks really did not begin to migrant to the United States heavily until the 1880's. By 1900-1920 more than 350,000 migrated to the United States, and 95 percent were men.


Pierce, Bethany E. "Greek Immigrants." Immigration to the United States. N.p., 2015. Web. 29 Jan. 2016.

Why the Greeks come to the United States?

Greeks came to the United States to find better employment. The Greek war of Independence from the Ottoman Empire caused a large debt and lack of industrialization which forced them to look elsewhere for jobs. Export products prices were falling, Greek farmers went bankrupt and couldn't pay their taxes. Greek government encouraged young men to leave the country to find jobs in the United States. Most young men or boys were leaving to avoid having to go to the Greek military.


Pierce, Bethany E. "Greek Immigrants." Immigration to the United States. N.p., 2015. Web. 29 Jan. 2016.

How did the Greeks get to the United States?

Main transportation for the Greeks to get to the United States were boats. Greeks boarded small boats in Patras, Greece, to get to the the steamships to go to the United States.


Pierce, Bethany E. "Greek Immigrants." Immigration to the United States. N.p., 2015. Web. 29 Jan. 2016.

What US immigration laws or policies were in effect at the time of Greek migration?

During Greek immigration, in 1924 the United States passed the Immigration Act of 1924.

The Immigration Act 1924 limited how many immigrants could come into the United States. Under the law, only one hundred Greeks could per year were allowed to enter the United States. In 1965, Congress passed the Immigration and Nationality Act, this Act was created in 1952. The immigration and Nationality Act gave Greeks visas based on what type of job skills and education you have, also family reunification.


Pierce, Bethany E. "Greek Immigrants." Immigration to the United States. N.p., 2015. Web. 29 Jan. 2016.

How many members of the Greek group came to the United States?

1900 and 1920 more than 350,000 Greeks immigrated into the United States most of them were men. After the Immigration and Nationality Act in was passed in 1965, between 1960 and 1980, more than 170,000 Greeks immigrated into the United States with visas.


Pierce, Bethany E. "Greek Immigrants." Immigration to the United States. N.p., 2015. Web. 29 Jan. 2016.

Where did the Greeks settle?

In the beginning most of them settled in urban areas, Midwest and Northeast. New York became like a home for the Greeks, Queens was a popular place for them. The Greeks choose to keep moving southward and westward.


"Immigration Library." Immigration Library. Ed. Jeffrey Lehman. N.p., 2011. Web. 31 Jan. 2016.

Jobs the Greeks typically found

The first Greeks were into lower wage jobs, factories, peddlers and busboys. As more Greeks settled and became more established they started their own small businesses like flower shops, grocery stores and restaurants. Many of the Greek businesses turned into family businesses that are passed down from generation to generation.


"Immigration Library." Immigration Library. Ed. Jeffrey Lehman. N.p., 2011. Web. 31 Jan. 2016.

Contributions the Greek made to the United States and its culture

Greek has contributed to the United States in many ways. The Greek has contributed to the United States with film, literature, music, journalism and politics. Famous former vice president is Spiro Agnew, he served as the 39th vice president. Bill Clinton is a well-known Greek American in politics today.


"Immigration Library." Immigration Library. Ed. Jeffrey Lehman. N.p., 2011. Web. 31 Jan. 2016.