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34194Re: Emigration to AUSTRALIA

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  • votrubam
    Nov 21, 2012
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      > People EMIGRATE TO .... they are IMMIGRANTS FROM ...

      The prepositions have nothing to do with it, both prepositions are correct. The difference between an emigrant and an immigrant is that of a perspective.

      The common perspective of a Jozo Kovac in Banska Bystrica is that Peter Novak emigrated from Slovakia to America. The common perspective of a Joseph Smith in Chicago is that Peter Novak immigrated from Slovakia to America.

      To emphasize the difference with uncommon ways of putting it, an e-migrant is someone who moved "away from here to over there," an im-migrant is someone who moved "from over there into here."

      Both "from" and "to" go perfectly well with either "emigrate" or "immigrate."

      The choice of e-/im- depends only on the perspective, are we thinking more of the person's status in his country of origin ("the one who left" = emigrant, emigrate from ... to ...) or of the person's status in his target country ("the one who came" = immigrant, immigrate from ... to ...).


      Martin
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