What does immigrate mean?

Definitions for immigrate
ˈɪm ɪˌgreɪtim·mi·grate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. immigrateverb

    migrate to a new environment

    "only few plants can immigrate to the island"

  2. immigrateverb

    introduce or send as immigrants

    "Britain immigrated many colonists to America"

  3. immigrateverb

    come into a new country and change residency

    "Many people immigrated at the beginning of the 20th century"


  1. immigrateverb

    To move into another country to stay there permanently.

  2. Etymology: From immigratus, past participle of immigro.


  1. Immigrate

    Immigration is the international movement of people to a destination country of which they are not natives or where they do not possess citizenship in order to settle as permanent residents or naturalized citizens. Commuters, tourists, and other short-term stays in a destination country do not fall under the definition of immigration or migration; seasonal labour immigration is sometimes included, however. As for economic effects, research suggests that migration is beneficial both to the receiving and sending countries. Research, with few exceptions, finds that immigration on average has positive economic effects on the native population, but is mixed as to whether low-skilled immigration adversely affects low-skilled natives. Studies show that the elimination of barriers to migration would have profound effects on world GDP, with estimates of gains ranging between 67 and 147 percent for the scenarios in which 37 to 53 percent of the developing countries' workers migrate to the developed countries. Development economists argue that reducing barriers to labor mobility between developing countries and developed countries would be one of the most efficient tools of poverty reduction. Positive net immigration can soften the demographic dilemma in the aging global North.The academic literature provides mixed findings for the relationship between immigration and crime worldwide, but finds for the United States that immigration either has no impact on the crime rate or that it reduces the crime rate. Research shows that country of origin matters for speed and depth of immigrant assimilation, but that there is considerable assimilation overall for both first- and second-generation immigrants.Research has found extensive evidence of discrimination against foreign born and minority populations in criminal justice, business, the economy, housing, health care, media, and politics in the United States and Europe.


  1. immigrate

    To immigrate means to move into a different country or region with the intention of permanently residing there. This often entails leaving one's home country, for reasons such as seeking better living conditions, employment opportunities, or fleeing from conflict or disaster.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Immigrateverb

    to come into a country of which one is not a native, for the purpose of permanent residence. See Emigrate

  2. Etymology: [L. immigrare, immigratum, to immigrate; pref. im- in + migrare to migrate. See Migrate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Immigrate

    im′i-grāt, v.i. to migrate or remove into a country.—ns. Imm′igrant, one who immigrates; Immigrā′tion, act of immigrating. [L. immigrārein, into, migrare, -ātum, to remove.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of immigrate in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of immigrate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of immigrate in a Sentence

  1. David Bier:

    It tells me that the party is more interested in reducing the number of foreigners in the United States than in reducing illegal immigration, one reason to allow people to immigrate legally is to reduce the incentives to come illegally, and so this entire portion of that immigration bill is working at cross-purposes to the goal of securing the border and reducing illegal immigration.

  2. William Frey:

    I don't think in the US it's an issue of collapse, because we can certainly open the faucet for more immigrants anytime we want to, we'll have no paucity of people who want to come through the door to immigrate here in the future. Immigrants and their children are younger than the population as a whole and so that will help to keep the population from aging as well.

  3. Claude Arnold:

    There has been a period of affluence in China, so there are people of means who have the money and have a desire to immigrate to the United States.

  4. Sudan Haroun Idris:

    My only dream, the one thing I live for, is to escape this camp and immigrate to Europe to start a new life after years of misery.

  5. Mike Pence:

    All of you aspired to be Americans, you stepped forward. You followed the law. You went through the process to immigrate into this great nation.

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