Definition of immigration noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɪmɪˈɡreɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪmɪˈɡreɪʃn//
    [uncountable] Airports, Immigration
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  1. 1the process of coming to live permanently in a country that is not your own; the number of people who do this laws restricting immigration into the US a rise/fall in immigration immigration officers CollocationsRace and immigrationPrejudice and racism experience/​encounter racism/​discrimination/​prejudice/​anti-semitism face/​suffer persecution/​discrimination fear/​escape from/​flee racial/​political/​religious persecution constitute/​be a form of racial/​race discrimination reflect/​reveal/​show/​have a racial/​cultural bias be biased/​be prejudiced against (especially British English) black people/(both especially North American English) people of color/​African Americans/​Asians/​Africans/​Indians, etc. discriminate against minority groups/​minorities perpetuate/​conform to/​fit/​defy a common/​popular/​traditional/​negative stereotype overcome/​be blinded by deep-seated/​racial/(especially North American English) race prejudice entrench/​perpetuate racist attitudes hurl/​shout (especially British English) racist abuse; (especially North American English) a racist/​racial/​ethnic slur challenge/​confront racism/​discrimination/​prejudice combat/​fight (against)/tackle blatant/​overt/​covert/​subtle/​institutional/​systemic racismRace and society damage/​improve (especially British English) race relations practise/ (especially US English) practice (racial/​religious) tolerance/​segregation bridge/​break down/​transcend cultural/​racial barriers encourage/​promote social integration outlaw/​end discrimination/​slavery/​segregation promote/​embrace/​celebrate cultural diversity conform to/​challenge/​violate (accepted/​established/​prevailing/​dominant) social/​cultural norms live in a multicultural society attack/​criticize multiculturalism fight for/​struggle for/​promote racial equality perpetuate/​reinforce economic and social inequality introduce/​be for/​be against (British English) positive discrimination/(especially North American English) affirmative action support/​be active in/​play a leading role in the civil rights movementImmigration control/​restrict/​limit/​encourage immigration attract/​draw a wave of immigrants assist/​welcome refugees house/​shelter refugees and asylum seekers smuggle illegal immigrants into the UK deport/​repatriate illegal immigrants/​failed asylum seekers assimilate/​integrate new immigrants employ/​hire migrant workers exploit/​rely on (cheap/​illegal) immigrant labour/(especially US English) labor apply for/​gain/​obtain/​be granted/​be denied (full) citizenship have/​hold dual citizenship compare emigration See related entries: Immigration
  2. 2(also immigration control) the place at a port, an airport, etc. where the passports and other documents of people coming into a country are checked to go through immigration Wordfinderairport, baggage reclaim, board, check-in, gate, immigration, lounge, passport, security, terminal See related entries: Airports, Immigration
  3. Extra examples His wife finally received her immigration papers. I think we need to discourage illegal immigration. The authorities quickly encouraged immigration. There was a sudden increase in immigration from Eastern Europe. They were arrested for immigration violations. US attorneys match immigration records to voting rolls. We landed at Heathrow and went through customs and immigration. a Senate debate on immigration quotas calls for tighter immigration procedures the immense and continuing immigration from Latin America the immigration rate for the US the immigration status of the worker the impact of uncontrolled immigration an immigration officer
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