Emigrate and Immigrate

What is the difference between emigrate and immigrate?

Emigrate and Immigrate

To emigrate and to immigrate are similar in meaning, but there is a difference. To emigrate focuses on the point of departure, while to immigrate focuses on the point of arrival. For example:


The verb to emigrate focuses on leaving your home country to move permanently to another.



The verb to immigrate means to move to a new country with the purpose of settling there. Immigrate focuses on entering the new country.


A Quick Test

Remember Emigrate and Immigrate

With emigrate think exit or export.
With immigrate think in or import.

Emigrate and Immigrate Are Often Interchangeable

The words emigrate and immigrate are often interchangeable. For example:

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What are nouns? What are verbs? List of easily confused words