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Many were uprooted due to the antagonism of native Muslims towards the intrusion of foreign Christian powers. Paul Newey arrived in 1906, and Alexander Joseph Oraham came in 1913. Some were never heard from again, and others could not even accumulate enough to pay for their passage back home.
The presence of various Protestant, Catholic, and Russian Orthodox missions among the Assyrians and Armenians was a mixed blessing. Kokhva began to run a column titled The Rueful Emigrant where the lamentable condition of migrant workers was described, and overseas migration was criticized.
The native cottage industries were succumbing in competition with the foreign manufactures. from Urmia was probably Mar Yohannan, Bishop of Urmia, who came in1841 at the invitation of Dr. Jacob Asfar from Diarbekir, Turkey, was the first Jacobite Assyrian to come to U. Migrant work became so prevalent that by 1900 most Assyrian villages in Urmia were empty of their able-bodied men during the greater part of the year. from Urmia because the weekly newspaper Kokhva, published in Urmia between 1906-1917, had a column on the migrant workers abroad.
Roads and railways were constructed to connect the Middle Eastern commodity market to the word at large. We have more detailed information on the condition of the migrant workers in U. Ironically, instead of benefiting the communities at home, it appears from Kokhva reports that migrant work disrupted the fabric of family and community life and caused economic hardship at home.
Since these towns are only 15 miles apart a unified community was constituted.
It was part of a worldwide process that involved the transfer of raw materials and human labor from the Third World towards centers of industry in Europe and North America, and the movement of manufactured goods in the opposite direction. From the beginning a symbiotic relationship was established between the migrant workers in the Unites States, and the communities they left behind in the old country.
Second, from the beginning it was colonized by settlers and not sojourners.
Third, it was the sole planned group project intended for resettlement abroad.
They were from the villages of Gogtapa and Taka-Ardishay.
Initially mostly men immigrated to Hartford-New Britain, since they were sojourners, and not settlers.