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[mass noun] The act of leaving one's own country to settle permanently in another; moving abroad:‘mass emigration from Ireland to the United States’
moving abroad, moving overseas, expatriation, departure, withdrawal, migration, evacuationexodus, diasporarelocation, resettlingdefectionView synonyms
- ‘The sale of fields, followed by the sale of the farm itself, and William's emigration to the USA suddenly made sense.’
- ‘There can hardly be a family in Ireland which did not lose sons or daughters to emigration during the 1950s.’
- ‘Tens of thousands sought emigration abroad every year in the years immediately following the crackdown.’
- ‘Famine and disease had ravished and dispirited the people and emigration had drained the land of most of its youth.’
- ‘This is aggravated by the usual level of emigration of young people leaving for higher education and not returning.’
- ‘The demise of our fishing industry in recent years has resulted in constant high unemployment and emigration from our islands.’
- ‘Even the postcolonial government organized the emigration of its citizens to Europe and elsewhere.’
- ‘This is good news for the town, which had lost so much of its population through emigration over the years.’
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