em·​i·​gra·​tion ˌe-mə-ˈgrā-shən How to pronounce emigration (audio)
plural emigrations
: an act or instance of emigrating : departure from a place of abode, natural home, or country for life or residence elsewhere
Further Chinese emigration to Taiwan was to be carefully limited.Jonathan D. Spence

Examples of emigration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By sponsoring the new strongmen of West Africa, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has acquired a new kind of hold on Western Europe: emigration. Armstrong Williams, Baltimore Sun, 29 Mar. 2024 Amid all this horror, members of Netanyahu’s Likud party — such as Danny Danon, Israel’s former ambassador to the United Nations, and Gila Gamliel, Israel’s intelligence minister — are pushing emigration as a humanitarian solution. Michelle Goldberg, The Mercury News, 10 Jan. 2024 After giant pro-democracy protests in 2019, an ongoing crackdown on speech and dissent has dismantled civil society groups and set off a wave of emigration. Tiffany May, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Mar. 2024 But with the advent of steamships, by the 1880s intensive emigration had spread from every corner of the globe. TIME, 18 Mar. 2024 Yet his cruel exploitation of others’ vulnerability masks his own dreams of emigration with his adoring, cherubic young son. Guy Lodge, Variety, 25 Feb. 2024 Lebanon has been a country of emigration for centuries. Kim Ghattas, The Atlantic, 26 Jan. 2024 But decades of emigration have shrunk the population to 137 full-time residents, and in 2023, San Giovanni Lipioni became the town with the oldest average population in Italy, a country with one of the oldest average populations in the world. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, 22 Jan. 2024 Over the following three decades, immigration restrictions in the United States became more expansive, while in Europe several states, including Ottoman-Turkey, Romania, and Russia, expelled or violently propelled the emigration of ‘unwanted’ populations. TIME, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1614, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of emigration was in 1614

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“Emigration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emigration. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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