Emigrate or Immigrate?
Emigrate or Immigrate?What is the difference between "emigrate" and "immigrate"?
- "Emigrate" means to leave one country and settle in another. ("Emigrate" focuses on the point of departure.)
- "Immigrate" means to enter a new country with the purpose of staying there. ("Immigrate" focuses on the point of arrival.)
More about "Emigrate" and "Immigrate""To emigrate" and "to immigrate" are similar in meaning, but there is a difference. "To emigrate" focuses on the point of departure, while "to immigrate" focuses on the point of arrival. For example:
- I emigrated to England in the 1990s. ("I left my homeland in the 1990s.")
- I immigrated to England in the 1990s. ("I've been living in England since the 1990s.")
A Video SummaryHere is a short video summarizing the difference between emigrate and immigrate:
EmigrateThe verb "to emigrate" focuses on "leaving" your home country to move permanently to another.
- People say there's no quality of life in Russia, and everyone wants to emigrate.
- Very few inhabitants emigrate from this province, where the birth-rate considerably exceeds the death-rate.
- It is foolish to claim, as some do, that emigration into space offers a long-term escape from Earth's problems. Nowhere in our solar system offers an environment even as clement as the Antarctic or the top of Everest. (Cosmologist Martin Rees) ("Emigration" is the noun from the verb "to emigrate.")
ImmigrateThe verb "to immigrate" means to move to a new country with the purpose of settling there. "Immigrate" focuses on "entering" the new country.
- New Zealanders who immigrate to Australia raise the IQ of both countries. (New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon)
- Immigration is one of the leading contributors to population growth. (Conservationist Paul Watson) ("Immigration" is the noun from the verb "to immigrate.")
Remember Emigrate and ImmigrateWith "emigrate" think "exit" or "export."
With "immigrate" think "in" or "import."
Emigrate and Immigrate Are Often InterchangeableThe words "emigrate" and "immigrate" are often interchangeable. For example:
- Sarah emigrated to England from Australia. (This focuses on Sarah leaving Australia.)
- Sarah immigrated to England from Australia. (This focuses on Sarah arriving in England and, without further context, suggests the speaker is located in England.)