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Maritime Transport and MigrationThe Connections between Maritime and Migration Networks$
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Torsten Feys, Lewis R. Fischer, Stephane Hoste, and Stephen Vanfraechem

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780973893434

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780973893434.001.0001

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The “Relatives and Friends Effect:” Migration Networks of Transatlantic Migrants From the Late Habsburg Monarchy

The “Relatives and Friends Effect:” Migration Networks of Transatlantic Migrants From the Late Habsburg Monarchy

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The “Relatives and Friends Effect:” Migration Networks of Transatlantic Migrants From the Late Habsburg Monarchy
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Maritime Transport and Migration
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Annemarie Steidl

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780973893434.003.0006

This essay examines the effectiveness of the network of relatives and friends in providing support and information to Austrian transatlantic migrants under the Habsburg Monarchy, in attempt to broaden the historical study of migrant networks. It claims that these networks determined migrant movement collectively rather than individually, and sprung up in order to minimise the risk to migrants crossing the Atlantic. It analyses passenger shipping records, particularly data relating to the ports of Bremen and Hamburg in 1910, in order to draw the conclusion that social networks of migration under the Habsburg Empire did not solely rely on family ties, but also the established conventions of the migration process and the social status of the migrants themselves. It calls for further research into the role of families in migrant networks.

Keywords:   Austrian Migration, Austro-Hungarian Empire, Port of Bremen, Port of Hamburg, Migration Patterns

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