Immigration Vocabulary

 

Words that describe people

immigration

immigrant

emigrant

migrant

refugee

 

 

 

Words that describe why immigrants leave their homeland

persecution

poverty

 

 


Words to describe American attitudes towards immigrants

open door

nativism

stereotype

assimilate


Words used when talking about laws on immigration

authorities

exclusion

quota

alien

detain

deport

undocumented

temporary

permanent

asylum

amnesty

visa

green card

reunification

border security

guest worker

immigration - the process of coming into a foreign country to live

immigrant- a person who comes to a new country to live

emigrant- a person who leaves a country or region to live elsewhere

migrant- a person who moves from one country, place or locality to another

refugee- a person who flees for safety especially to a foreign country

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persecution- system of continued harmful or cruel treatment and discrimination of a group of people

poverty- the state of being poor

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open door- a policy of giving equal opportunity for immigration to all people from different countries

nativism- a policy of protecting the interests of native inhabitants against those of immigrants

stereotype- common beliefs about a group of people that are based on generalizations

assimilate- to take something in and make it part of a group, country or community, rather than remaining in a separate group

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authorities- persons having powers of government

exclusion- to shut or keep out

quota- a number limit on how many people can come to a country

alien- a person who is a citizen of another country, not the one s/he is living in

detain- to hold or keep someone in a waiting situation as if in a prison

deport- to force a person who is not a citizen of a country to leave

undocumented- without proof or support with legal documents

temporary- lasting for a short period of time; not permanent

permanent- lasting for a long period of time

asylum- a country that acts as a place of safety for a person who is being discriminated against in their homeland

amnesty- the granting of a pardon, or forgiveness, with no penalty by a government to a large number of people

visa- a mark on a passport that is a sign of approval and permission for a traveler to enter a country

green card- a card that identifies the holder as a foreigner with permanent resident status in the U.S.

reunification- the bringing of people together after being separated for a long time

border security- defending the borders of a nation through guard patrol and physical barriers

guest worker- a foreign worker who is permitted to enter a country temporarily in order to take a job for which there is a shortage of domestic workers