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noun [uncountable] immigration pronunciation in American English /ˌɪmɪˈɡreɪʃ(ə)n/
  1. the process in which people enter a country in order to live there permanently

    government policy on immigration

    immigration into/to:

    rules governing immigration into the country

    immigration from:

    Immigration from Spanish-speaking countries increased during this period.

    1. a.
      [only before noun] relating to immigration and the rules that control it

      immigration policy

      immigration officers/officials

    2. b.
      tourism the place, for example at an airport, where you show your passport and are officially allowed into a country. You go through immigration when you do this.

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