immigration

noun im·mi·gra·tion \ ˌi-mə-ˈgrā-shən \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of immigration

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 immigrations
  • —Janet L. Nelson

First Known Use of immigration

1625


IMMIGRATION Defined for Kids

immigration

noun im·mi·gra·tion \ ˌi-mə-ˈgrā-shən \

Definition of immigration for Students

:an act or instance of coming into a foreign country to live


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