im·​mi·​gra·​tion ˌi-mə-ˈgrā-shən How to pronounce immigration (audio)
plural immigrations
: an act or instance of immigrating
specifically : travel into a country for the purpose of permanent residence there
Especially during these months when there has been constant talk of immigration and its myriad challenges, both here and on European national borders … Bob Greene
illegal/legal immigration
immigration reform/policy/law
Drawing historical comparisons is always a fraught process, especially when the subject is as contentious as immigration. James Hannan
There is only a passing comment on Chinese and Japanese immigration in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, plus a short section on the truly global wave of immigrants that swept into America after the Second World War … Nicholas Guyatt
The Middle Ages is the story of successive migrations and immigrationsJanet L. Nelson
immigrational adjective
studied the region's immigrational history

Examples of immigration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hawaiian immigration to Southern California traces back before the annexation of Hawaii in 1898. Aida Ylanan, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2024 In the first four months of 2024, U.S. border apprehensions plunged in one of the steepest declines in decades, giving the Biden administration some relief as immigration persists as a top voter concern in this year’s election. Paulina Villegas Luis Antonio Rojas, New York Times, 14 May 2024 The 33-year-old Mexican American and south Phoenix resident walked out of Cesar Chavez High School as a freshman student in 2006 to protest an immigration enforcement bill ultimately vetoed by then-Gov. Janet Napolitano. Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 12 May 2024 In the 2000s, Gutierrez helped lead grassroots campaigns against the 2010 immigration enforcement law known as SB 1070 and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's immigration sweeps. Daniel Gonzalez, USA TODAY, 11 May 2024 According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, immigration is projected to add $7 trillion of economic output over the next decade. Tom Saler, Journal Sentinel, 9 May 2024 The Sahra Wagenknecht Alliance (BSW), headed by two women with immigrant roots in the Middle East and North Africa (Sahra Wagenknecht and Amira Mohamed Ali), takes a hardline approach to immigration in service of protecting ostensibly progressive values — specifically social welfare. TIME, 7 May 2024 For the last decade, she’s devoted her storytelling to social change organizations focused on health equity, immigration policy and violence against transgender people, directing multimedia campaigns that span film, art curation and animation. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 May 2024 DeSantis and others have also sought to make political hay by tying squatting to the immigration crisis. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 2 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1625, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of immigration was in 1625

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“Immigration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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