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Dictionary Definition



1 the movement of persons from one country or locality to another
2 a group of people migrating together (especially in some given time period)
3 (chemistry) the nonrandom movement of an atom or radical from one place to another within a molecule
4 the periodic passage of groups of animals (especially birds or fishes) from one region to another for feeding or breeding

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. moving a place to live to another place for a while
  2. seasonal moving for animals, birds or fishes to breed or find a new hanging field
  3. changing a platform from an environment to another one

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moving a place to live to another
seasonal moving of animals, birds or fishes
computing: changing a platform from an environment to another one




Extensive Definition

Human Migration

  • Human migration, a person or animal leaving its own home to go to a new place or residence.

Historical Migrations

Types of Migration

  • Emigration, leaving one's native country to live in another
  • Immigration, arriving to live in a new country
  • Chain migration, the mechanism by which foreign nationals are allowed to immigrate due to the acquired citizenship of an adult relative
  • Forced migration, the coerced movement of a person or persons away from their home or home region
  • Free migration, a belief that people should be able to migrate to whatever country they choose, free of substantial barriers
  • Illegal immigration, immigration that defies the laws of the arrival country
  • Mass migrations, the movement of a large group of people from one geographical area to another
  • Political migration, a migration motivated primarily by political interests
  • Rural-urban migration, the moving of people from rural areas into cities
  • Seasonal human migration, Migration which is held by season changes
  • The activity of nomads, communities that continually move from one place to another

Animal Migration

Most animal migrations involve seasonal movements to an area for breeding.

Other Migrations




Body Modification

  • Piercing migration, a process that occurs when a body piercing moves from its initial location


Migration of Music

  • All musicians are always trying to make the most authentic and/or original music possible. Although it constantly appears as though music from one place is being linked back to another music that is foreign to the area. It goes along the lines of Conservation of Energy, music never really changes it is just reconfigured and recompiled to create a new form. A great example of migrating music is dance hall and reggae from Jamaica and how it changed into reggaeton for Puerto Rico. “…Reggaeton calls attention to the centrality of black culture and the migration of peoples and ideas in and out of Puerto Rico…” The immigration was from both Jamaica and Africa. The music moved from one place to another and the new region and culture took in dance hall and reggae and turned it into reggaeton.


migration in Czech: Migrace
migration in German: Migration
migration in Spanish: Migración (desambiguación)
migration in French: Migration
migration in Croatian: Migracija
migration in Hebrew: נדידה
migration in Kannada: ವಲಸೆ
migration in Latvian: Migrācija
migration in Lithuanian: Migracija
migration in Dutch: Migratie
migration in Japanese: 渡り
migration in Polish: Migracja
migration in Portuguese: Migração
migration in Russian: Миграция
migration in Serbian: Миграције (биологија)
migration in Finnish: Migraatio

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