AP Style Emigrate vs. Immigrate

AP Style holds that someone who leaves a country emigrates from it. Someone who comes into a country is someone who immigrates. This idea is also applied to the words emigrant and immigrant. For example,

  • My grandparents immigrated to the United States.
  • My grandparents emigrated from Norway.

In these sentences, my grandparents are immigrants here in the United States, but back in Norway, they are emigrants.

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