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[im-i-grey-shuh n]
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  1. the act of immigrating.
  2. a group or number of immigrants.
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Origin of immigration

First recorded in 1650–60; im-1 + migration
Related formsim·mi·gra·tion·al, im·mi·gra·to·ry [im-uh-gruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈɪm ə grəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivean·ti-im·mi·gra·tion, adjectivenon·im·mi·gra·tion, nounpre·im·mi·gra·tion, nounpro·im·mi·gra·tion, adjective
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Related Words for immigration

travel, exodus, migration, displacement, exile, voyage, relocation, removal, movement, transmigration, defection, march, peregrination, colonization, journey, expatriation, trek, shift, departure, crossing

Examples from the Web for immigration

Contemporary Examples of immigration

Historical Examples of immigration

  • 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


  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 Formsimmigrational, 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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