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[im-i-grey-shuh n] /ˌɪm ɪˈgreɪ ʃən/
the act of immigrating.
a group or number of immigrants.
Origin of immigration
First recorded in 1650-60; im-1 + migration
Related forms
immigrational, immigratory
[im-uh-gruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈɪm ə grəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
anti-immigration, adjective
nonimmigration, noun
preimmigration, noun
proimmigration, adjective Unabridged
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  • Our young Manxman is already feeling the English immigration on his character.

  • A tide of immigration is setting in towards the Southern states.

    The Negro Farmer Carl Kelsey
  • "It is for the immigration bureau," the purser hastened to explain.

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • Omaha was the city which invited them and received the bulk of immigration to that State.

  • But we're all growing older, and Stern's pretty cagey about immigration.

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
British Dictionary definitions for immigration


the movement of non-native people into a country in order to settle there
the part of a port, airport, etc where government employees examine the passports, visas, etc of foreign nationals entering the country
Derived Forms
immigrational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for immigration

1650s, from immigrate + -ion. As short for "immigration authorities," from 1966.

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