From one textile center to another: migrations from the district of Ghent to the city of Armentières (France) during the second half of the 19th century.

This article studies the reasons for the inhabitants of the district of Ghent to migrate. Is it correct to consider migration as a survival strategy? What was the impact of industrialisation on migration? To answer these questions migrations figures are examined in full detail. This macro analysis is completed by a micro study of 280 families who left Ghent for Armentières and permits to reconstruct the itineraries and to examine family ties within the sample.