6 Famous Immigration Stories and Their Successful Journeys

Immigration is a very hot topic in the headlines today, and that isn’t likely to change anytime soon. As the divide between opinions on the subject seemingly grows daily, it is important to remember the moments when immigration did great things for wonderful people.

Throughout the course of history, many people have been affected by immigration. Naturally, those people left behind many different immigration success stories worth learning about. Below, you will find several famous immigrant stories, what they went through on their journey, and how it all turned out for them in the end.

1. Gloria Estefan (Immigrant from Cuba)

Having been born in Havana, Cuba in 1957, Gloria Estefan did not get to enjoy her country of birth for very long. This was due to the fact that her family fleeing the country during the rise of Fidel Castro. After their immigration, young Gloria was able to grow up writing poetry, taking guitar lessons, and helping care for her younger siblings while her mother studied and worked.

This childhood revealed a real talent within Estefan, which eventually led her to meet her future husband, Emilio Estefan. This also ended with the creation of their band, Miami Sound Machine. The two rose to stardom and eventually were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom due to their contributions to music and Latin American culture.


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2. Ettore Boiardi (Immigrant from Italy)

Coming to America from Piacenza, Italy at the age of 16, Boiardi arrived at Ellis Island to join his brother in a new life. Following his arrival, he became a waiter at New York’s Plaza Hotel, eventually working his way up to Head Chef due to his talent with gourmet foods.

As he was a talented chef, his real claim to fame is the brand that still persists today. In 1928, Boiardi noticed a large demand for quick, fast food of good quality. This resulted in the opening of his packaging factory that specialized in canned Italian foods. The products that he created have always been sold under the name of “Chef Boy-Ar-Dee” so that Americans can pronounce his name easier.


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3. Albert Einstein (Immigrant from Germany)

Some immigration stories involve fully accomplished adults who still have a lot to contribute to the world. Albert Einstein is a great example of this, as he arrived at Ellis Island on April 2, 1921 at the age of 43. At this stage of his life, he had already given the Theory of Relativity to the world and placed his name in the history books.

Following his immigration, he went on to accept a Nobel Prize in Physics and lay the groundwork for many more answers to the mysteries of the universe. Evidently, Einstein had one of the most famous immigrant stories of all-time.


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4. Christiane Amanpour (Immigrant from Iran)

Born in London and partially raised in Tehran, Christiane Amanpour and her family was forced into exile in the 1979 revolution that overthrew the Shah of Iran. This chapter of her life had a profound effect on her life and lit the fire of journalism within her.

Due to this interest in sharing the truth and covering current events, Amanpour became educated in journalism and slowly worked her way into the forefront of American news network, CNN. During her time at CNN, she covered events such as the Bosnian crisis, the American-Iraqi war, as well as coverage on parts of the world such as Haiti, Rwanda, and Afghanistan. This is only a small fraction of the impressive reporting she has done, most of which has earned her an extensive collection of awards.


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5. Elon Musk (Immigrant from South Africa)

Something to keep in mind when it comes to immigration is that it may mean something totally different to someone else. For many, it means opportunity. This was what it meant for a young man from South Africa by the name of Elon Musk.

Musk knew from a modestly young age that his ambition could only be satiated by opportunity, something that a country like America had in spades. Naturally, his famous immigrant story has proven fruitful, as he went on to found PayPal, SpaceX, and is one of the contributing minds behind Tesla, a company steadily making progress with electric vehicles.


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6. Jawed Karim (Immigrant from Germany)

In this age of information, it is safe to say that YouTube is one of the main contributors to the spreading and sharing of important info. Whether it be news, entertaining content, educational experiences, or something as simple as personal video diaries, YouTube has it all. This makes the company a juggernaut in the world today.

When he immigrated from Germany during high school, it is safe to say that Jawed Karim had no idea of what he would bring to the world when he launched YouTube in early 2005. When Google purchased the video-sharing site for $1.65 billion in 2006, Karim more than likely knew he had created something special.


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