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

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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migrant adjective

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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 Looming behind today’s debates over the treatment of migrants in US detention centers and its historical antecedents is a larger question: Is the present administration descending into fascism? Peter E. Gordon, The New York Review of Books, "Why Historical Analogy Matters," 7 Jan. 2020 The Trump administration will start collecting DNA samples from more migrants in custody as part of a pilot program co-signed by the departments of Homeland Security and Justice. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for January 7: Iran, impeachment, Boy Scouts, Puerto Rico," 7 Jan. 2020 The new citizenship bill, which creates a special path for non-Muslim migrants in India to receive citizenship, has provoked the biggest backlash Mr. Modi has faced since becoming prime minister in 2014. New York Times, "As India Violence Gets Worse, Police Are Accused of Abusing Muslims," 2 Jan. 2020 At one point, Yuma Sector officials had 2,000 migrants in custody and space to hold only 400 of them. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "Sex scandals, wedding invitations, faulty prison locks. These are the 19 top Arizona stories of 2019," 22 Dec. 2019 The bill no longer has the same commitments on workers rights and environmental standards, or the guarantee that child migrants in Europe could reunite with family members in Britain. Arkansas Online, "U.K. lawmakers back Brexit bill," 21 Dec. 2019 But this contentious citizenship law, which paves a special path for non-Muslim migrants in India to become citizens, has galvanized the opposition. BostonGlobe.com, "NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has rounded up thousands of Muslims in Kashmir, revoked the area’s autonomy, and enforced a citizenship test in northeastern India that left nearly 2 million people potentially stateless, many of them Muslim.," 17 Dec. 2019 The group has helped hundreds of migrants in Mexican border camps this year, said Diana Fried, AWB’s founder and co-executive director. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, "'It was beautiful': Acupuncturists helps migrants stranded at Mexico border deal with stress," 8 Dec. 2019 Earlier this year there were about 200 migrants in Deming, safe and treated with care. Morgan Smith, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Trump didn’t solve the migrant crisis — he just made it inhuman," 27 Nov. 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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17 Jan 2020

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“Migrant.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/migrant?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=m&file=migran01. Accessed 26 January 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


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Kids Definition of migrant

: a person or animal that migrates

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