Emigrate vs. Immigrate

By Jaxson

  • Emigrate

    Emigration is the act of leaving one’s resident country with the intent to settle elsewhere. Conversely, immigration describes the movement of persons into one country from another. Both are acts of migration across national boundaries.

    Demographers examine push and pull factors for people to be pushed out of one place and attracted to another. There can be a desire to escape negative circumstances such as shortages of land or jobs, or unfair treatment. People can be pulled to the opportunities available elsewhere. Fleeing from oppressive conditions, being a refugee and seeking asylum to get refugee status in a foreign country, may lead to permanent emigration.

    Forced displacement refers to groups that are forced to abandon their native country, such as by enforced population transfer or the threat of ethnic cleansing.

  • Emigrate (verb)

    To leave the country in which one lives, especially one’s native country, in order to reside elsewhere.

  • Immigrate (verb)

    To move into a country from another one to stay permanently.

  • Immigrate (verb)

    come to live permanently in a foreign country

    “an Australian who immigrated to Britain in 1982”

Oxford Dictionary

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