The act of immigrating; the passing or coming into a country for the purpose of permanent residence.
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immigration \im"mi*gra"tion\ (?), n. [cf. f. immigration.] the act of immigrating; the passing or coming into a country for the purpose of permanent residence. the immigrations of the arabians into europe. warton.
Noun 1. migration into a place (especially migration to a country of which you are not a native in order to settle there) (synonym) in-migration (hypernym) migration (hyponym) aliyah (derivation) immigrate 2. the body of immigrants arriving during a specified interval; "the increased immigration strengthened the colony" (hypernym) body (derivation) immigrate
Immigration is the movement of people into another country or region to which they are not native in order to settle there. Immigration is a result of a number of factors, including economic and/or political reasons, family re-unification, natural disasters or the wish to change one's surroundings voluntarily.