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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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Is there any evidence of post-landbridge travel across the Bering Strait?

Yes, your suspicion is correct. Once man had boats (no later than 40,000 years ago) and the ability to live in the arctic, the island chains strung across the Bering Strait could not have been a ...
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Before the Land Bridge Theory, how was human presence in the Americas explained?

Many prominent men of science in the 19th century believed that the Indians' ancestors had always been in America. This belief draws on the theory of polygenism--that the several races had independent ...
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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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Before the Land Bridge Theory, how was human presence in the Americas explained?

Early post-contact beliefs contained an unhealthy dose of myths and legends, e.g. Atlantis or that Native Americans descended from the lost tribes of Israel. These were displaced as rationalism ...
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When did migration and international travel become legally limited?

It very much depended on the country. You are right that in Western Europe passports and visas were not required until the end of 19s century. But in the Russian empire, and its predecessor the Great ...
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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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How long did it take the Thule people to migrate from Alaska to Greenland?

Whether it was 2 years or 200 years, the academic consensus was that it was incredibly fast. I would likely lean more toward the longer time-frame, as the archaeological record is more consistent ...
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As many Germans fled Nazism, did some spies mix in?

There were many people fleeing the Nazis in the 1930s, a lot of them Jewish. Mostly these people were welcomed by Britain. However what greatly complicated their assimilation into British society was ...
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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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What is the relationship between the Kurds and the Balochi?

As you mentioned, their linguistic relation to Kurdish does imply a shared history at some time in the past. As near as I can piece together from various sources online, the split may have happened as ...
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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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When did migration and international travel become legally limited?

When did government authorities start to enforce generic limitations on who could settle in the area under their control? The Romans attempted to do this when they settled foederati, for example the ...
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As many Germans fled Nazism, did some spies mix in?

I think you are right that a closer look at the makeup of the 33-member Duquesne Nazi Spy Ring might be instructive here. While every member of the ring had pre-existing ties to foreign countries*, ...
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Is there any evidence of post-landbridge travel across the Bering Strait?

I recently read a book, Across Atlantic Ice: The Origin of America's Clovis Culture that purports to challenge the foot traffic in two ways - first that ancient peoples were far more handy on boats ...
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Chinese legendary figures with European appearance

First off, it really shouldn't shock anyone that some ancient mummies in the Tarim Basin show European-esque features. That is the far, far western extreme of what is now considered China. Until as ...
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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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Before the Land Bridge Theory, how was human presence in the Americas explained?

The most sophisticated alternative theory is perhaps that of Florentino Ameghino who postulated an autochthonous evolution of species based on skeletal anthropology and diggings according to the ...
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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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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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When did migration and international travel become legally limited?

Since some of my ancestors emigrated from the Holy Roman Empire to the British colonies in America in the 18th Century, I know there were some bureaucratic procedures. Records in the European ...
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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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