mi·​gra·​tion | \ mī-ˈgrā-shən How to pronounce migration (audio) \

Definition of migration

: the act, process, or an instance of migrating watched the migration of the birds overhead

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Other Words from migration

migrational \ mī-​ˈgrā-​shnəl How to pronounce migrational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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Europe is dealing with political challenges related to migration even as the number of new arrivals has plummeted from the crisis levels of 2015 and 2016. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 15 Sep. 2019 More ominously, migration to South Africa as the premier African economy will only get worse in the coming years. Gilbert M Khadiagala, Quartz Africa, "Nigerians aren’t targeted more than other Africans in South Africa’s xenophobic attacks but the damage is done," 12 Sep. 2019 Only neighboring states in the south, and New York and Pennsylvania account for more domestic migration to Florida. Rich Exner, cleveland.com, "Hurricane Dorian’s potential impact on Ohio transplants in the Southeast," 3 Sep. 2019 But none of them have proposed literally opening the border to unrestricted migration. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Fact check: Trump’s false claims at Cincinnati rally," 2 Aug. 2019 Construction of Interstates 65 and 70 in the 1960s and a mass migration to the suburbs created a housing surplus that was soon filled by low-income families. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Harrison Center's Greatriarchs work to bridge the gaps between Monon16's past and present," 20 July 2019 The earlier base was Indians who came to the US as part of a larger cohort of Asian migration to the US. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Indian immigrants have it bad in Donald Trump’s America. But the early 1900s were worse," 16 July 2019 But decades of space research have allowed India to develop satellite, communications and remote sensing technologies that are helping solve everyday problems at home, from forecasting fish migration to predicting storms and floods. Fox News, "India aborts Moon mission launch, citing technical glitch," 15 July 2019 However, the law created no means of regulating future migration to the U.S. Economic turmoil in Mexico during the 1980s and early 1990s – especially following the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement – pushed more migrants north. Anthony W. Fontes, The Conversation, "The long, bipartisan history of dealing with immigrants harshly," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of migration

circa 1527, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for migration

French or Latin; French, from Latin migration-, migratio, from migratus (past participle of migrare to migrate) + -ion-, -io -ion — more at migrate

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The first known use of migration was circa 1527

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mi·​gra·​tion | \ mī-ˈgrā-shən\

Kids Definition of migration

: the act or an instance of moving from one place to another often on a regular basis the spring migration of birds


mi·​gra·​tion | \ mī-ˈgrā-shən How to pronounce migration (audio) \

Medical Definition of migration

: the act, process, or an instance of migrating migration of larval nematodes to the lungs

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