[im-i-grey-shuh n]


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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



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 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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