emigrate vs immigrate : Common Errors in English

About emigrate vs immigrate

To “emigrate” is to leave a country. The E at the beginning of the word is related to the E in other words having to do with going out, such as “exit.” “Immigrate,” in contrast, looks as if it might have something to do with going in, and indeed it does: it means to move into a new country. The same distinction applies to “emigration” and “immigration.” Note the double M in the second form. A migrant is someone who continually moves about.

emigrate Meaning(s)

  • (v) leave one's country of residence for a new one

immigrate Meaning(s)

  • (v) migrate to a new environment
  • (v) introduce or send as immigrants
  • (v) come into a new country and change residency

emigrate in News

  • Escaped Nazi War Criminal Found in Minnesota Did Terrible Job of Hiding War Crimes

    The Associated Press has discovered a Nazi living in Minnesota . Michael Karkoc, 94, lied to American officials about his World War II activities in order to emigrate and actually commanded a notorious SS unit that (as notorious SS units are wont to do) committed numerous war crimes.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: New York Magazine

immigrate in News

  • 'Immigrants Are More Fertile,' Jeb Bush Says In Reform Speech

    Jeb Bush has created a stir with remarks he made during a speech on immigration, in which he said that women who immigrate to America are more fertile than women who are born in the country. "Immigrants create far more businesses than native-born Americans, over the last 20 years," Bush...
    on June 15, 2013 Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting

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