With the encouragement of the Greek government, young men began leaving the country during the late nineteenth century in the hope of gaining employment in the United States.
Large-scale Greek immigration to the United States began in 1880, with the largest numbers immigrating during the early twentieth century.
They gained the support of numerous countries, including Great Britain, France, and Russia.
In New England, for example, they worked in textile mills.
A particularly large Greek community formed in Lowell, Massachusetts, where many Greek men worked in the mill.
Source: Department of Homeland Security, Yearbook of Immigration Statistics, 2008. Includes an introduction by Charles Moskos, and historiographical essay by Alexander Kitroeff.
Figures include only immigrants who obtained legal permanent resident status.
The country was slow to industrialize through the nineteenth century.