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When a person emigrates, she leaves one country or region to live in another, either temporarily or permanently. When she immigrates she arrives in that other country. In other words, she emigrates from one country to immigrate to another country.

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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.

Point of View in Emigration vs. Immigration

The difference between emigrant and immigrant relates to the point of view of which country is the country of origin and which is the destination country.

Immigrate vs. Emigrate Examples

The Polenski family leaves Poland in 1943 to resettle in Canada. In that scenario, all of the following sentences would be valid.

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Both words originate from Latin — emigratus and immigratus, respectively. While emigratus referred to "moving away," immigratus referred to "moving into."


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