Do you keep using “emigrate” instead of “immigrate” when you want to say you leave your native country and move into a new one? These two words are closely related and similar enough to create confusion. The easy way to remember which one is which is to think the em- word has to do with leaving, and the imm- word has to do with entering (this includes emigrant, immigrant, emigration, and immigration).
IMMIGRATE means to enter into a country
EMIGRATE means to leave one country to another
• I immigrated to the US.
• I emigrated from Indonesia.
Pay more attention to these examples:
• I immigrated to the US from Indonesia.
[This focuses on arriving.]
• I emigrated from Indonesia to the US.
[This focuses on leaving.]
New friends in the US might say:
• Demi immigrated to the US last year (from Indonesia).
[From their perspective, I arrived.]
While relatives in Indonesia might say:
• Demi emigrated (from Indonesia) to the US last year.
[From their perspective, I left.]
In a nutshell:
IMMIGRATE = entering
EMIGRATE = leaving