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noun. [From Latin im­mi­grantem,

“to go into, to move in,” ori­gins in Latin em­i­grantem “to move away,” first used in English in 1794.]

1. An in­di­vid­ual who leaves one coun­try to be­come the cit­i­zen of an­other.

2. A no­ble term de­scrib­ing some­one with the courage, de­ci­sive­ness and con­scious­ness to wish to change their lives by chang­ing their coun­try.

3. An in­di­vid­ual whose qual­i­ties en­rich their new so­ci­ety through pub­lic struc­tures, cul­ture, pol­i­tics and eco­nom­ics.

4. On av­er­age, more com­fort­able with risk than those born in the coun­try.

5. Tends to be more fe­ro­ciously loyal to their new coun­try and its ideas of jus­tice than those born there.

6. An im­mi­grant is to en­gage­ment what a cit­i­zen is to mar­riage.

SEE: be­long­ing; Cit­i­zen; mi­grant; mul­ti­Cul­tur­al­ism

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