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Definition of Immigration

(noun) The movement (migration) of people into an area to settle there permanently, adding to the population.

Example of Immigration

Immigration Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: im·mi·gra·tion

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /im-uh-grAY-shuhn/
  • British English – /im-i-grAY-shuhn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˌɪməˈgreɪʃən/
  • British English – /ɪmɪˈɡreɪʃən/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: immigrations
  • You immigrate into a new country and emigrate from your home country.
    • You can remember this distinction by thinking “Exit” for emigration and “Into” for immigration.
  • Immigration is a type of migration which is typically is viewed as transitory (i.e. moving from place to place with the seasons); immigration along with emigration are generally permanent.
  • Also called in-migration.
  • The (adjective) immigratory or (adjective) immigrational patterns of (noun) immigrants (verb) immigrating are studied by demographers.

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Works Consulted

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Cite the Definition of Immigration

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “immigration.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved April 22, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/immigration/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “immigration.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed April 22, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/immigration/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“immigration.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 22 Apr. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/immigration/>.