Difference between “Emigration” and “Immigration”


The difference is fairly subtle.

  • To Emigrate is to leave one country to settle in another. (The focus is still on the original country)
  • To Immigrate is to come to a new country to live. (The focus is now on the new country)

See detailed Examples:

  1. I emigrated from Nigeria to the US. (This focuses on the leaving bit)
  2. I immigrated to the US from Nigeria. (This focuses on the arriving bit)


And finally, relatives in Nigeria might say:

Adelove emigrated to the US last year. (from their perspective, I left)

While new friends in the US:

Adelove immigrated to the US last year. (from their perspective, I arrived)

(I hope the examples help.. Thank you)


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