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Immigration

Introduction to Immigration

Immigration, the movement of people into another nation with the intention of residing there permanently. The contrasting term emigration refers to the movement of people permanently leaving a nation.

Immigration is a worldwide phenomenon. From the 17th century to the 19th century, millions of Europeans migrated to North and South America, eastern and southern Africa, Australia, and Asia. Many of these immigrants resettled in colonies established by their home countries (see Colonies and Colonialism). Most modern immigrants, like the colonists of the past, are motivated to relocate far from their original homes by the desire to improve their economic situation. Such people, known as economic immigrants, resettle in other countries in search of jobs, farmland, or business opportunities. Today, economic migrations generally bring people from less developed, poorer countries to more developed and more prosperous countries.

Although economic immigration accounts for most of the movements of people between countries, a substantial number of immigrants around the world are refugees. Some refugees relocate to avoid religious or political persecution, suffered on account of their beliefs. Wars, political turmoil, and natural disasters drive others away from their homeland. For example, at the end of World War I in 1918, ten million displaced people wandered throughout Europe. Most of these refugees came from the German, Austro-Hungarian, and Russian empires, which had broken up into smaller nations at the end of the war. After World War II ended in 1945, another several million refugees immigrated to countries in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. Today, experts calculate that there are more than 15 million refugees in search of new homes throughout the world. Faster international communication, improved transportation, and the willingness of some nations to grant political asylum to those in distress have allowed people from every continent to seek greater opportunities in more prosperous and more democratic areas.

The remainder of this article focuses on immigration to the United States. Four centuries of immigration have profoundly affected the culture and society of the United States. Except for Native Americans, all Americans are either recent immigrants or the descendants of immigrants who have settled in North America over the last five centuries. ” (1)

Concept of Immigration

An introductory definition of Immigration is provided here: Movement of people from one country to another, for purposes of permanent or long-term relocation. Nations typically have policies restricting or governing immigration, as a means of population control and national security. Immigration controls can also have cultural goals.

Concept of Immigration

Note: explore also the meaning of this legal term in the American Ecyclopedia of Law.

Main Elements in the United States Law

Immigration Defined

The American legal Ecyclopedia (including defining Immigration) offers a fundamental understanding of this topic, providing a fresh approach to the trends. The main entry thoroughly describes its application.

Permanent Residency and Citizenship

The American legal Ecyclopedia offers a fundamental understanding of this topic, providing a fresh approach to the trends. The main entry thoroughly describes its application.

Immigration and Visas

In relation to the international law practice and immigration and visas in this world legal Encyclopedia, please see the following section:

Nationality, Citizenship, Immigration

About this subject:

De Osorio: Status of “Aged-Out” Child Aliens Who Are Derivative Beneficiaries of a Visa Petition

Note: there is detailed information and resources under these topics during the year 2013, covered by this entry on immigration and visas in this law Encyclopedia.

United States Immigration and Nationality Legislation

In relation to the international law practice and Immigration and Nationality Act in this world legal Encyclopedia, please see the following section:

Nationality, Citizenship, Immigration

. Note: there is detailed information and resources, in relation with these topics during the year 2011, covered by the entry, in this law Encyclopedia, about ILC Draft Articles on Nationality

Immigration and the European Union

Introduction

Immigration

This entry provides an overview of the legal framework of immigration , with a description of the most significant features of immigration at international level.

Related Work and Conclusions

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  • Foreign Affairs
  • National Defense

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  • Foregin Policy
  • Foreign Affairs

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  • Migration
  • Internal Migration
  • Immigration Law

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References (Papers)

  • Due Process And The Deportable Alien: Limitation On State Department Participation In Withholding Of Deportation Inquiry, James Quinlan, Apr 2017
  • Newsroom: Nyt’s Kristof To Address Rwu On Refugees 04-04-2017, Roger Williams University School Of Law, Apr 2017
  • Immigration Exceptionalism, David S. Rubenstein, Pratheepan Gulasekaram, Apr 2017
  • Mass Media And The Immigration Ban, Collin Morris, Leo Rosado, Hannah Tomes, Nolan Winbun, Mar 2017
  • The Crushing Of A Dream: Daca, Dapa And The Politics Of Immigration Law Under President Obama, Robert H. Wood, Mar 2017
  • Newsroom: Huffpost: Mancheno ’13 Battles Muslim Ban 3-16-2017, Christopher Mathias, Omar Kasrawi, Roger Williams University School Of Law, Mar 2017

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  • Asylum and Schengen Agreement

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Notes and References

Guide to Immigration

The Legal History of Immigration

This section provides an overview of Immigration

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  • Legal Biography
  • Legal Traditions
  • Historical Laws
  • History of Law

Further Reading

Hierarchical Display of Immigration

Social Questions > Migration > Migration

Immigration

Concept of Immigration

See the dictionary definition of Immigration.

Characteristics of Immigration

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Translation of Immigration

Thesaurus of Immigration

Social Questions > Migration > Migration > Immigration

See also

  • Family reunification
  • Family reunion
  • Reuniting families

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