Immigrate vs Emigrate vs Migrate
What is the difference?
many pairs of confusing
in English. The words immigrate
pronounced the same, but they have different meanings. When do you use
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pronounced the same. They are homophones
That means they have the same sound, but they have different meanings.
In this lesson, you will learn how to correctly use these two words in
You will also learn about the word migrate
, and how to use it in a sentence.
is to come to a new country or region to live there. Immigrate
used with to
Immigrate = Arrive / Come In
- Sally immigrated
to Canada in 1989.
- When did you immigrate
to our country?
- Australia has strict rules on immigration.
- They immigrated
to Germany for a better life.
- Both of our families immigrated
to America in the same year.
also a verb
is to leave a country or region to live somewhere else. Emigrate
is usually used with from
Emigrate = Leave / Exit
- Sally emigrated
from Brazil in 1989.
- When did you emigrate
- His family emigrated
from Germany for a better life.
- My family emigrated from Europe in the early 1800s to settle in America.
Arrive or Come In
Leave or Exit
Someone who leaves Europe to live in America emigrated from Europe.
That same person immigrated to
Migrate is also
similar to immigrate
is to move, but it is not always a permanent move. However, it is more
than just a short vacation.
Some people migrate
(or move) to a warmer place during the cold winter
months. Then, they move back home during the warm summer months. In America, retired adults sometimes migrate to Arizona,
Florida, or another warm state during the winter months.
other areas or other parts of the country for work or to be near their
family. People can also migrate to other places for better living conditions.
Immigrate and migrate are very similar. Many people use them as synonyms.
But, there are differences.
Immigrate is used to talk about people who choose to move to a new place to live there.
Migrate is used to talk about these three things:
- a temporary move
- refugees (A refugee is a person who is forced to leave his country to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.)
- people who are forced to move for work or other economic reasons.
Migration can also refer to a move by a group of animals. For example, some birds and other animals migrate south during the winter.
- The Jewish people migrated
to many parts of Europe.
- These migrant workers work in Australia for a few years, and then they return to their home countries.
- The birds migrate every year in the early winter.
- Every year, my family migrates
to Texas to harvest wheat.
- After the earthquake, thousands of refugees migrated from their homes to America.
Migrate = Move
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