THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EMIGRATE AND IMMIGRATE
Emigrate vs. immigrate:
With all the migration happening throughout the world you may have heard the two words “ emigrate “ and “ immigrate” but we may also have this problem of not knowing the difference between them. What is the difference between the two words “emigrate” and ” immigrate”. How should we use them in a sentence or how we know what the speaker is talking about?
They have similar meanings but with a little difference in usage. Let’s look at the right times we use them. Before talking about the difference between the two words let’s look at the word “ migrate “.
To migrate is to move from one country or region and settle in another. Migrate is a general word that the two words emigrate and immigrate come from this big word. When it applies to people, it generally means a permanent move but can also mean a temporary relocation. It can be used for both people and animals.
Robins migrate south every winter.( for animals )
Many Easterners migrated west during the California Gold Rush ( for people and permanent move).
Many workers migrate north for cropping season (temporary relocation).
When you enter another region to settle we use immigrate. It means a permanent move and is used only for people.
My grandparents immigrated to the United States in the 1920’s.
When the word immigrate is used it means that an individual or a group of people have moved to another country, in other words they have crossed a political boundary but when “ migrate “ is used it is not necessarily out of the country it can be inside of the country or local.
Many Michiganders migrate south for the winter.
In the example Michiganders aren’t moving outside of the country they are just changing their regional place.
To emigrate means to leave a region or country permanently to settle in another country. It is used only for people.
My grandparents emigrated from Norway.
So, when we want to say people are entering a country permanently the word "immigrate ” is used but when talking about leaving people the word “ emigrate ” is used.
My grandparents immigrated to the United States.( meaning entering )
My grandparents emigrated from Norway.( meaning leaving )
So, next time you hear these words or want to use them in your speaking English you have an understanding of how to use them correctly.