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Emigrate vs Immigrate

“Immigrate” and “emigrate” are two words that have similar meanings and can be easily confused. Before we get into the difference between “immigrate” and “emigrate,” we should look at the word “migrate.” To migrate is to move from one country or region and settle in another. Migrate is an umbrella term under which both “immigrate” and “emigrate” fall. When it applies to people, it generally means a permanent move but can also mean a temporary relocation

What is Immigrate?

To immigrate is to enter and settle in a foreign country, leaving a past home. “Immigrate” implies a permanent move and applies only to people.

What is Emigrate?

To emigrate is to leave one country or region to settle in another. “Emigrate” implies a permanent move and only applies to people.

Trick to Remember the Difference

  • You immigrate “into” places.
  • You emigrate “from” places.