de·​por·​tee | \ ˌdē-ˌpȯr-ˈtē How to pronounce deportee (audio) , di-\

Definition of deportee

: one who has been deported or is under sentence of deportation

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Synonyms for deportee


émigré (also emigré), evacuee, exile, expat [chiefly British], expatriate, refugee

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Examples of deportee in a Sentence

the deportee vowed that he would someday return to a liberated nation

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For many Honduran deportees, home means a return to the brutality that sent them fleeing north in the first place. Fox News, "No going home for many Hondurans deported back to brutality," 30 Aug. 2018 Trump’s comment, made during a roundtable with California sheriffs, was initially seized on as a racist slur toward unauthorized immigrants or deportees writ large. Dara Lind, Vox, "Trump’s “animals” remark and the ensuing controversy, explained," 18 May 2018 Vietnam accepted at least 11 deportees, and the US began detaining Vietnamese immigrants who had final deportation orders. Dara Lind, Vox, "The shift would affect thousands of immigrants who’ve been ordered deported — generally for committing crimes — but not legal immigrants or citizens.," 12 Dec. 2018 This caravan of more than 5,000 people includes many deportees, returnees, and family members of those who have made this trip before. Liliana Frankel, Teen Vogue, "A Day in the Life of the Migrant Caravan," 16 Nov. 2018 Even jobless deportees are still seen as coming from the more monied and privileged United States. CNN, "Torn from their families in the US, Salvadoran deportees return to a gang-ravaged homeland," 7 June 2018 And new research from Amnesty International revealed that Sudanese deportees faced nearly identical scenarios after arriving in Uganda. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "Essential reporting, interpretation, and opinion on politics and culture. Don't miss our latest.," 26 June 2018 The Khmer Vulnerability Aid Organization, which receives American funding to help deportees start new lives in Cambodia, expects around 200 people to arrive this year. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "Deported, and Sticking Out: ‘This Ain’t Home. America’s My Home.’," 11 Mar. 2018 Among those initiatives is $17 million to help the Honduran government and international agencies reintegrate 150,000-250,000 deportees in the next five years. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "U.S. immigration hard-line spurs some would-be migrants in Honduras to think twice," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of deportee

1865, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of deportee was in 1865

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de·​por·​tee | \ ˌdē-ˌpōr-ˈtē How to pronounce deportee (audio) \

Legal Definition of deportee

: a person who has been deported or is under an order of deportation

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