Meaning of emigrant in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɛmɪɡr(ə)nt/

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  • A person who leaves their own country in order to settle permanently in another.

    ‘she was a Polish emigrant who came to Scotland during the Second World War’
    • ‘emigrant workers’
    • ‘The influx of a huge number of returning emigrants and migrant workers was the last thing that was needed.’
    • ‘However in hard economic times Irish emigrants had sent remittances home to sustain their families in Ireland.’
    • ‘Many other emigrants subsequently settled in Dublin and the other major urban centres in the country.’
    • ‘The age profile of emigrants was younger than that for immigrants.’
    • ‘But, in many cases, deportation is the least worry facing the illegal emigrants.’
    • ‘Without that contribution from the emigrants we could not enjoy the economic success that we have today.’
    • ‘It shouldn't surprise anybody that generations of emigrants have gone to other countries to find employment.’
    • ‘These emigrants sent money back home when they were young and healthy, working on the buildings and roads in England.’
    • ‘It is reckoned that emigrants sent home the equivalent of 2 billion which helped to prop up our ailing economy.’
    • ‘How important is ethnicity for the descendants of emigrants?’
    • ‘Many of the Irish emigrants in that city are lonely and isolated and need help and support at this vulnerable time in their lives.’
    • ‘Like all emigrants, he loved the homeland and kept in constant touch.’
    • ‘He said returning emigrants would be afforded particular priority under the planning guidelines for rural housing.’
    • ‘The Minister said he will ask the group to pay special attention to the position of vulnerable and elderly emigrants.’
    • ‘Many of our emigrants, fortunately, have had positive experiences in their adopted countries.’
    • ‘The only significant change since earlier times was that emigrants went to England rather than America.’
    • ‘In more recent times, emigrants from Ireland and Scotland made homes there.’
    • ‘Specifically, emigrants would be able to move half their money as a first stage, then half of what is left a year later.’
    • ‘Six tall ships stopped in Hull as they retraced the route from Europe to America taken by two million emigrants more than a century ago.’
    • ‘Many of the lands to which these emigrants went are still amongst the world's most thinly populated areas.’
    stranger, visitor, non-member, odd man out


Mid 18th century from Latin emigrant- ‘migrating from’, from the verb emigrare (see emigrate).