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(n) a person who leaves his or her country to settle in another

Synonyms: outgoer, departer, émigré

(v) emigration


Examples and/or Illustrations

While a person who leaves his or her country to settle in another is considered an emigrant, the act of doing so is referred to as emigration. An emigrant and (im)migrant are essentially the same person however considered from different angles; emigrant being that of the country of departure and (im)migrant from the host country perspective.


Other Useful Sources

Böcker, Anita (1998), Regulation of Migration: International Experiences, Het Spinhuis

Choate, Mark. (2008) “Emigrant Nation: The Making of Italy Abroad” Harvard University Press.

Dowty, Alan (1989), Closed Borders: The Contemporary Assault on Freedom of Movement, Yale University Press

Moraga, Jesús Fernández-Huertas. (2011) “New Evidence on Emigrant Selection” The Review of Economics and Statistics Vol. 3 Issue 1 pp. 72-96

Tadesse, Bedassa and White, Roger. (2011) “Emigrant Effects on Trade: Re-examining the Immigrant-trade Link from the Home Country Perspective” Eastern Economic Journal Vol. 37 pp. 281-302.




Other related words (may be concepts):

  • Displaced person; Exile
  • Expatriate
  • Migrant; (Im)migrant