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The causes of emigration

There were of course complex and multiple causes for these many departures; they cannot be reduced to any single factor.
There were of course complex and multiple causes for these many departures; they cannot be reduced to any single factor.

Naturally, the poverty of large sections of the rural population in the Valais in the 19th century is a basic factor in understanding the phenomenon of emigration, but to concentrate on this single explanation would be too uncritical: it tends to present poverty as an ancestral, monolithic fact, a sort of fate that would result mechanically, as it were, in emigration, whereas it was a specific response to a particular historical context.

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