(noun) “The act of emigrating; movement of a person or persons out of a country or national region, for the purpose of permanent relocation of residence” (Wiktionary n.d.).

Example: Chris is an emigrate from the United States that now lives in Canada.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: emigrations
  • You emigrate when you leave your home country and immigrate to your new country.
    • You can remember this distinction by thinking “Exit” for emigration and “Into” for immigration.
  • Emigration is a type of migration which is typically is viewed as transitory (i.e. moving from place to place with the seasons); emigration along with immigration are generally permanent.
  • Also called:
    • expatriation
    • out-migration
  • The (adjective) emmigratory or (adjective) emmigrational patterns of (noun) emmigrants (verb) emmigrating are studied by demographers.

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Wiktionary. n.d. “emigration.” Retrieved October 19, 2013 (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/emigration).