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[ im-i-grey-shuhn ]


  1. the act of immigrating.
  2. a group or number of immigrants.


/ ˌɪmɪˈɡreɪʃən /


  1. the movement of non-native people into a country in order to settle there
  2. the part of a port, airport, etc where government employees examine the passports, visas, etc of foreign nationals entering the country
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Derived Forms

  • ˌimmiˈgrational, adjective
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Other Words From

  • immi·gration·al im·mi·gra·to·ry [im, -, uh, -gr, uh, -tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], adjective
  • anti-immi·gration adjective
  • nonim·mi·gration noun
  • preim·mi·gration noun
  • proim·mi·gration adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of immigration1

First recorded in 1650–60; im- 1 + migration
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Example Sentences

Troye held a key role on the coronavirus task force but also carried out an array of other duties for the vice president, advising him on mass shootings, immigration, hurricanes and some foreign affairs issues, she said.

New York's boom years, at the beginning of two successive centuries, coincided with its peak levels of immigration.

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She was nevertheless ordered deported in an immigration court ruling that she is now appealing before the 11th Circuit.

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So long as immigration remains suppressed, New York will suffer.

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The president told a voter he would offer an immigration plan soon.

And so the same creeping rot of the rule of law that the administration has inflicted on immigration now bedevils our drug laws.

But failing that, he advised pro-immigration reform Republican candidates such as former Gov. Jeb Bush to just skip the state.

Hispanics, notes a recent Pew survey economic issues easily trump immigration.

As a man who helped people become fugitives to save their skins, his focus on immigration is rooted in a personal life experience.

Rubio has his own troubles with immigration, but people close to him said he still may have a path even with a Bush candidacy.

The newer nations boasted proudly of their immigration tables.

The number of communicants, at the latest date, was thirty, and the field of labor was rapidly enlarging by immigration.

This large immigration made it easy for French spies and revolutionary agents to carry on their work undetected.

What anthropologist accepts the theory of Aryan overland immigration from somewhere in Asia?

The year 1803 was remarkable in the history of the island for a large immigration of highlanders from Scotland.


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