Definition of immigration in US English:



  • 1The action of coming to live permanently in a foreign country.

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