Emigration and Immigration #general


Two terms, often confused: emigration [one M] and immigration [two MMs,]
denoting two opposites that are in essence two parallels viewed >from opposite

The prefix e- denotes "away from"; thus, an emigrant is someone who moves
away >from a specific (or generic) country. Thus, "my ancestors were
emigrants >from Europe."

The prefix im-- denotes "going into"; thus, an immigrant is someone who
moves toward a specific (or generic) country. Thus, "my children are
immigrants to Israel."

worth remembering . . .
Emigrant = Away from
Immigrant = Away to

Michael Bernet, New York

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