Emigrant vs Immigrant redirects here.
The words emigrate and immigrate are often used synonymously but there is a subtle difference between the two.
|Definition||To "emigrate" means to leave one country or region to settle in another.||To "immigrate" means to come to a country of which one is not a native, usually for permanent residence.|
edit Differences in meaning
To emigrate means to leave one country or region to settle in another; or to migrate away from ones native place.
To immigrate means to come to a country of which one is not a native, usually for permanent residence.
Therefore, the difference between emigrate and immigrate relates to the point of view of which country is the country of origin and which is the destination country. You emigrate from one country and immigrate to another country.
edit Examples of immigrate vs emigrate
For example, if the Polenskis leave Poland and resettle in Canada, all of these statements will be valid.
- The Polenskis immigrated to Canada in 1943.
- The Polenski family emigrated from Poland in 1943.
- The Polenskis do not live here any more. They emigrated to Canada in 1943. (this example illustrates that from the point of view of people in Poland, the Polenskis move away. So the word emigrate is used.)
edit Other examples
- Almost all inhabitants of America are descendants of immigrants (to America).
- The Patels do not live here any more. They are emigrants because they have resettled in Hong Kong.