Meaning of “immigration” in the English Dictionary

"immigration" in British English

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immigrationnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌɪm.ɪˈɡreɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌɪm.əˈɡreɪ.ʃən/

B2 the act of someone coming to live in a different country:

There are strict limits on immigration (into the country).

B1 the process of examining your passport and other documents to make certain that you can be allowed to enter the country, or the place where this is done:

After you've been through immigration (control), you can go and get your luggage.
immigration policy
immigration officers

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(Definition of “immigration” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"immigration" in American English

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immigrationnoun [ U ]

us /ˌɪm·ɪˈɡreɪ·ʃən/

social studies the process by which people come in to a foreign country to live there, or the number of people coming in:

Immigration increased by 25% last year.

(Definition of “immigration” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"immigration" in Business English

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immigrationnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌɪmɪˈɡreɪʃən/ us

the process of coming to a country in order to live in it permanently:

Current immigration levels are driving the U.S. population to double this century.
immigration law/lawyer/attorney An immigration lawyer can help guide you through the immigration process.
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also immigration control the process of having your passport and other documents officially checked to make certain that you are allowed to enter the country, or the place where this is done:

In the United Arab Emirates, identity cards can be used to go through passport control at entry and exit points so that passengers can pass more smoothly through immigration.

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