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Definition of Emigration

(noun) The movement (migration) of people out of an area.

Example of Emigration

Emigration Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: em·i·gra·tion

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /em-uh-grAY-shuhn/
  • British English – /e-mi-grAY-shuhn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˌɛməˈgreɪʃən/
  • British English – /ɛmɪˈɡreɪʃən/

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 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) emigratory or (adjective) emigrational patterns of (noun) emigrants (verb) emigrating are studied by demographers.

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Cite the Definition of Emigration

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “emigration.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved July 18, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/emigration/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

emigration. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/emigration/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “emigration.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed July 18, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/emigration/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“emigration.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 18 Jul. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/emigration/>.