Stop Confusing These Words: Immigrate and Emigrate

Stop Confusing These Words: Immigrate and Emigrate
Updated on 18 May 2015

The difference between these two words is all about coming and going. When you immigrate, you’re coming to a new country. When you emigrate, you’re leaving your home country.

Immigrate: to move into a country from another one to stay permanently.

My ancestors immigrated to the United States sometime in the 1800s.

Emigrate: to leave the country in which one lives, especially one’s native country, to reside elsewhere.

My ancestors emigrated from Denmark in search of a fresh start in another country.

To learn more about confusing word pairs, read this post about the difference between verses and versus.

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