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Has there ever been a major migration from the New World to the Old World? If not, why?

As DevSolar mentioned in his comment, this really depends on how you define 'major', but here are several case of migrants moving from the New to the Old World. From the Caribbean to Europe ...
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Has there ever been a major migration from the New World to the Old World? If not, why?

Yes, there has been. As this infographic shows, there has been a back-migration of the DNA haplogroups C1a and A2a from North America (well, Beringia...) back into Asia. The infographic is sourced ...
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Why did Native Americans originally migrate to the Americas?

However, considering there was little to no knowledge of the new world I wonder why would the tribes risk to travel to far . . . it seems unreasonable [humans would] risk it to migrate towards the ...
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Has there ever been a major migration from the New World to the Old World? If not, why?

In addition to Lars Bosteen's answer about modern migration, several hundred thousand South American people have migrated to Spain in the last decades, and Brazilians have became the largest group of ...
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Why was New Guinea not colonized by Austronesians the way Indonesia was?

I think the vital piece of information you were missing that made this appear to be a mystery was that, unlike a lot of the rest of Indonesia, the native inhabitants of New Guinea that the ...
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Why have population maps indicated a stark divide in population density of the United States on either side ot the 100th Meridian?

The answer is related to the map you posted about rainfall. The population of the eastern third of the continental US is denser because of settlement patterns that reflect the local availability of ...
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Has there ever been a major migration from the New World to the Old World? If not, why?

Horses evolved on the North American landmass, emigrated across the Bering land bridge, then went extinct in the Americas.
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What country has the shortest history of human habitation?

Wikipedia has an article called List of countries and islands by first human settlement. The latest by continuous habitation is Crozet Islands, which was discovered in 1772 but was only intermittently ...
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Why was Madagascar settled by far-flung Austronesian seafarers?

Polynesian navigators made good use of ocean winds and currents. When following the Indian Ocean Gyre, the most logical way to arrive to Madagascar is from the East: If you look up the South Pacific ...
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When the outbreak of World War II was foreseeable, were any European commoners able to pre-emptively emigrate?

Yes, plenty of people tried to emigrate. However, it was very hard because: Leaving Germany meant Fire Sale - leaving all property behind. It also required a getting a permission from the German ...
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What were the rules of the migration to the Louisiana Territory in USA?

The question seems to assume the existence of immigration controls, which are a fairly modern invention. The first US law restricting (voluntary) immigration in any significant way wasn't passed until ...
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Is there evidence of people moving east to Europe?

No, they didn't. There is no evidence of human occupation in Iceland before Irish monks and later the Vikings settled there. Eskimo technology wasn't bad at all, kayaks are pretty nifty boats. But not ...
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Were Serbs and Croats one people / tribe in the past? If not, why do they speak the same language?

According to the entry concerning the Southern Slavs it is quite probable that the common language source would be due to common ancestry: The Byzantines broadly grouped the numerous Slav tribes ...
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What is the current state of historical thought on the Aryan invasion/migration theory?

A recent paper from Archaeogenetics might be of interest in this regard. I do not know enough about genetics and its methods, to comment on the validity of the results. But for those who do, this ...
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What were levels of insular migration like in pre-Industrial Britain (1650-1780)?

I've also been researching my family history, and my family seems to be another one with "itchy feet". I've traced a few lines back to the civil war, and - although the distances involved seem to be ...
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In epic migrations, why keep going?

The answer lies in the 1000s of years of "keeping going" and the distance every generation of males moves. If you suppose a "generation" takes about 20 years, each son moves 20 ...
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Have any nations returned to their ancient homelands?

The state of Israel was founded in the late 1940s. There were already many Jews living in in Palestine where their ancestors had lived for centuries. But most of the population emigrated there from ...
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Is there evidence of people moving east to Europe?

Well, they did, but not before they were discovered by europeans. Some inuits have moved to Denmark since Denmark had Greenland under their jurisdiction.
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In epic migrations, why keep going?

You might want to look into the migration of (Germanic-speaking) Vandals and Suebi and (Iranic-speaking) Alans from Central Europe to Spain and then on to Carthago. Or the migrations of the Kalmyks to ...
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Is there a connection between kushits and kushans?

No, there isn't. What you have here is a coincidence. There are only so many sounds that the human voice finds easy to use in language, so similar names come up in different language groups. ...
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What led Brahmins to migrate to Kerala?

When the earlier Brahmins (Namboodris) migrated to Kerala late in the first millenium, CE, they "acted as priests, counsellors, and advisers to local kings." In other words, they got to perform their "...
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How were the Morisco refugees from Europe received in North Africa, given that they were foreigners and Christian?

In 1492, the Ottoman Empire's Bayezid II sneered at Spain's Ferdinand of Aragon: "you call him a wise ruler, he who has impoverished his own country and enriched mine," with the expulsion of Jews and ...
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Comparing Percentage Of Spanish Nobility Migrating To Latin America To Percentage Of Pan-European Nobility Migrating To USA And Canada

Your question is an interesting one, but difficult to ascertain. It is estimated that around 8% of the Spanish population are descended from nobility, but this does not mean that they all held titles ...
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Did the proto-Indo-Europeans displace or overlay the pre-existing European tribes?

Update - February 21, 2017: A new study ... Genetic data suggest that modern European ancestry represents a mosaic of ancestral contributions from multiple waves of prehistoric migration events. ...
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What is the methodogy used to determine the exact genetic flow from one area to another and the times in which it flowed?

Having just read A Short History of Humanity by Krause and Trappe, the argument seems to be as follows: You calculate a "distance" (i.e. probably some useful metric) between the genomes e.g. ...
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Refugee crises before 20th century

In addition to all the examples listed in the comments: One of the most famous and studied example is the Visigoths, Ostrogoths (and other tribes) fleeing the Huns in the 4-5th centuries AD and ...
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Refugee crises before 20th century

The Zoroastrian emigration from Persia to Bombay is one. See this article for more details: Parsi (Wikipedia).
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Why was Madagascar settled by far-flung Austronesian seafarers?

(Instead of commenting, which can get lengthy, especially with questions, I thought it best to deliver this in the format of an answer.) Issue: The answer does not fit the question. Given that OP has ...
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In epic migrations, why keep going?

A point* here is that the map represents a snapshot in time, the red areas being CURRENT speakers of Athabaskan-family languages. As such, it quite possibly gives a misleading impression of the ...
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Has there ever been a major migration from the New World to the Old World? If not, why?

The question is tagged native-americans and alaska though uses the term new-world, which is a purely Eurocentric perspective. Also, it is not immediately clear what "Old World" means in regards to ...
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