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Definition of migrant

: one that migrates: such as
a : a person who moves regularly in order to find work especially in harvesting crops
b : an animal that shifts from one habitat to another

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Examples of migrant in a Sentence

migrants in search of work on farms Not all birds are migrants.
Recent Examples on the Web The agency has been receiving few minors since late March from border officials, who are expelling most unauthorized migrants, including unaccompanied children, under an emergency public health order. CBS News, "ICE is seeking to deport these migrant girls during the pandemic, alarming advocates," 15 May 2020 Tens of thousands of refugees and migrants, including thousands of unaccompanied children, have been living in squalid conditions in overcrowded camps on several Greek islands after arriving from the nearby Turkish coast. Vandana Rambaran, Fox News, "Rescue flight from Greece reunites refugees with close family in UK after coronavirus delayed trip," 12 May 2020 The lockdown impacted livelihoods of a large proportion of India’s internal migrants, and as many as 60,000 moved from urban areas to villages in the span of a few days, the World Bank said in a report Wednesday. Vrishti Beniwal, Bloomberg.com, "Distress Deepens in Indian Villages, Worsening Economic Pain," 10 May 2020 Untold decades of backing despots and death squads in Latin America produced the multitudes of desperate migrants who have come to our borders, pleading for help. Kevin Baker, Harper's Magazine, "The Striking Gesture," 27 Apr. 2020 Ohio birders take pride in remaining abreast of returning migrants, though all trail users can enjoy the songs and colorful displays of avian companions. cleveland, "Cleveland Metroparks remain open as signs of spring welcome visitors," 27 Mar. 2020 Cooking is caring for families, a means to earn money by selling meals to other migrants, an expression of human dignity to sustain spirits while living through a brutal humanitarian crisis that worsens by the day. Michelle García, Bon Appétit, "In the Midst of a Border Crisis, Cooking Is About More Than Survival," 13 Feb. 2020 Francis was flanked by Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino, president of the papal council for migrants, and Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the pope's official almsgiver. Arkansas Online, "Pope's Christmas message offers hope against darkness," 25 Dec. 2019 Climbing on and off the top of the train is dangerous, but even worse are the men who prey on the migrants, raping, robbing and killing. Sandra Dallas, The Denver Post, "Regional books: “Shatter the Night,” “Arches Enemy” and more," 15 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of migrant

1672, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for migrant

Latin migrant-, migrans, present participle of migrare

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The first known use of migrant was in 1672

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5 Jun 2020

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“Migrant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/migrant. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of migrant

: a person who goes from one place to another especially to find work
: a bird or animal that moves from one area to another at different times of the year


mi·​grant | \ ˈmī-grənt How to pronounce migrant (audio) \

Kids Definition of migrant

: a person or animal that migrates

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