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immigration

[im-i-grey-shuh n] /ˌɪm ɪˈgreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of immigrating.
2.
a group or number of immigrants.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; im-1 + migration
Related forms
immigrational, immigratory
[im-uh-gruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈɪm ə grəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
anti-immigration, adjective
nonimmigration, noun
preimmigration, noun
proimmigration, adjective
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Examples for immigration
  • This immigration is considered to be the beginning of the modern settlement of israel.
  • The central political issue addressed by the speech was not immigration as such, however.
  • Some components such as illegal immigration could only be estimated approximately.
  • In the wake of world war ii, immigration preferences favored family reunification.
  • Biometric data are already collected from some visa applicants by immigration.
  • Lately, a similar sociolinguistic phenomenon has occurred with foreign immigration.
British Dictionary definitions for immigration

immigration

/ˌɪmɪˈɡreɪʃən/
noun
1.
the movement of non-native people into a country in order to settle there
2.
the part of a port, airport, etc where government employees examine the passports, visas, etc of foreign nationals entering the country
Derived Forms
immigrational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for immigration
n.

1650s, from immigrate + -ion. As short for "immigration authorities," from 1966.

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