(noun) “[M]igration into a place (especially migration to a country of which you are not a native in order to settle there)” (Princeton University 2010).

Example: Chris immigrated to Canada from the United States.

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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.
  • The (adjective) immigratory or (adjective) immigrational patterns of (noun) immigrants (verb) immigrating are studied by demographers.

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