Definition of immigration in English:



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

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