act of leaving one's country or region with the intent to settle permanently or temporarily in another

Emigration is the act of leaving one's country or region to settle in another. It is the same as immigration but from the perspective of the new country. Human movement before the establishment of political boundaries or within one state is termed migration. There are many reasons why people might choose to emigrate. Some are for reasons of religious, political or economic freedom or escape. Others have personal reasons such as marriage. Some people living in rich nations with cold climates choose to move to warmer climates when they retire.


  • Down where yon anch'ring vessel spreads the sail,
    That, idly waiting, flaps with every gale,
    Downward they move, a melancholy band,
    Pass from the shore and darken all the strand.
  • Beheld the duteous son, the sire decayed,
    The modest matron, and the blushing maid,
    Forc'd from their homes, a melancholy train,
    To traverse climes beyond the Western main.
  • From the vine-land, from the Rhine-land,
    From the Shannon, from the Scheldt,
    From the ancient homes of genius,
    From the sainted home of Celt,
    From Italy, from Hungary,
    All as brothers join and come,
    To the sinew-bracing bugle,
    And the foot-propelling drum;
    Too proud beneath the starry flag to die, and keep secure
    The liberty they dreamed of by the Danube, Elbe, and Suir.
    • John Savage, Muster of the North; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 220.
  • At the gate of the West I stand,
    On the isle where the nations throng.
    We call them "scum o' the earth."
    • Robert Haven Schauffler, Scum o' the Earth; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 220.
  • Exilioque domos et dulcia limina mutant
    Atque alio patriam quærunt sub sole jacentem.
    • And for exile they change their homes and pleasant thresholds, and seek a country lying beneath another sun.
    • Virgil, Georgics (c. 29 BC), Book II. 511.
  • Whoso migrateth for the cause of Allah will find much refuge and abundance in the earth, and whoso forsaketh his home, a fugitive unto Allah and His messenger, and death overtaketh him, his reward is then incumbent on Allah. Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful.
    • Quran 4:100, Pickthal translation.
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