Definition of immigration in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The action of coming to live permanently in a foreign country.

    ‘a barrier to control illegal immigration from Mexico’
    • ‘I think we need to encourage legal immigration.’
    • ‘They have agreed to develop a common immigration policy at EU level.’
    • ‘Now, it is urgently helping members obtain immigration documents.’
    • ‘We'll have two opposing views on immigration policy reform.’
    • ‘Decades of massive immigration had combined with corrupt government and the raw capitalism of the era to create horrific slums.’
    • ‘For months on this program, we have reported extensively on the problem of massive illegal immigration into this country.’
    • ‘So, there already is a way for legal immigration into this country.’
    • ‘New Orleans became a center of Croatian immigration in the early nineteenth century.’
    • ‘This is also the generation who suffered most at the brutal application of immigration laws.’
    • ‘Yet hundreds, says the advocacy group, have been deported on minor immigration matters.’
    • ‘What's needed, advocates say, are stories of successful Americans who wouldn't be here were it not for family-based immigration.’
    • ‘To make the nation safer, policymakers also need to overhaul immigration rules and enforcement.’
    • ‘The second great problem in immigration and illegal trafficking in people.’
    • ‘I assume all residents will have read the new immigration rules re: long-term residence.’
    • ‘The goals in immigration policies are achieved by granting or denying visas.’
    • ‘They cannot get it for most immigration matters, excluding those concerning refugees.’
    • ‘There can be no doubt that mass immigration has reduced costs for employers drastically.’
    • ‘But civil rights groups and immigration lawyers point out 18 months is a conservative estimate.’
    • ‘The screening of this film will be followed by a discussion on illegal immigration.’
    • ‘Large-scale Chinese immigration to the Malay peninsula began in the middle of the 19th century.’
    1. 1.1The place at an airport or country's border where government officials check the documents of people entering that country.
      ‘the airport has long queues at immigration and baggage reclaim’
      • ‘Late that night we cleared immigration and added an observer to the crew.’
      • ‘Even giving your fingerprints now in immigration at the airport gives you an uncomfortable feeling.’
      • ‘I tried to plead with immigration to see if we could come to an understanding.’
      • ‘Not their problem, as they swanned through immigration off to a few days by the hotel pool.’
      • ‘Once through immigration at the airport, she disappeared.’
      • ‘Admittedly it took a little while at immigration but that was just checking passports.’