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Immigrate or Emigrate?

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You often hear and see these two words used interchangeably, but there is a subtle difference in their meanings. It depends on whether you are leaving or arriving.

IMMIGRATE is the word to use when referring to people entering a new country: Canada has experienced great interest from people wanting to immigrate to that country from the United States.

EMIGRATE is used to refer to people leaving a country to take up residence elsewhere: Many people are considering emigrating from the United States to Canada .

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Immigrate, Emigrate, Migrate

Immigrate means to come to a country:  Ricardo immigrated to the United States.

Emigrate means to leave a country:  Ricardo emigrated from Nicaragua.

Migrate means to change location:  Some species of birds migrate thousands of miles every winter.

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