Which were the two largest immigrant groups in the United States in 1914?

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The period of "New Immigrants" between 1885-1920 marked a shift in the type of people coming to the United States.  Immigrants from this era were primarily from south and east Europe.  Immigration number declined dramatically after 1914 because of the Great War.  Over 800,000 immigrants moved to the United States in the year the war started.  Italians and Jewish immigrants were the two largest groups to enter the United States in 1914.  Italy and Poland were the countries that had the largest amount of people emigrate to the United States.  The primary push factor for their movement was to escape poor economic conditions and poverty. The major attraction to the United States was to acquire work in the factories of the urban areas in the northeastern United States.  Italians were the largest immigrant group between the years 1896 and 1917.

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