Emigrate vs. Immigrate

The Chicago Style Manual holds that to emigrate is to leave a country in order to go live in another. Chicago Style describes to immigrate as entering into a country to live there.

This is then 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 in the United States, but they are emigrates back in Norway.

For a full discussion on the differences between emigrate and immigrate, please check out our full post on the subject.

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