If I may ask, where did your ancestors come from?
Central Asia and Northern Europe, so far as I know. Some over the Bering Straight land bridge to hunt wooly mammoth I assume, and some to Jamestown Colony as indentured servants. At the turn of the last century there was an orphaned Prussian girl sent to next of kin in the Midwest, and there was a drunk Norwegian seaman who was put off of his ship in America.
My point was and is that people will go where they see advantage for themselves and their posterity, and defend the same. They will leave dead end or declining prospects if they are able.