by Mignon Fogarty
To emigrate is to leave your country to reside elsewhere.
To immigrate is to enter and reside in a new country.
My great-grandparents emigrated from Russia. They immigrated to the United States.
My memory trick is to note that immigrants come in, and both "immigrant" and "in" start with the letter "i." Many readers also wrote in to note that people who emigrate exit a country, and both "emigrate" and "exit" start with "e."
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