European Ancestors – Migration Series (4) – Terminology

European Migration Series
© Julie Goucher, August 2022

This post is part of a series about European Migration. You can read the complete series HERE.

Migration has lots of terms that are often interchangeable, even though some of them are not aimed at the particular migration group.

  • Emigration – Leaving a country of which you are a national.
  • Immigration – Immigrants are those who have migrated to a country.
  • Alien – A term used to reference those who are foreign nationals.
  • Naturalisation – Someone who is swearing their allegiance to a country that they are not a citizen of.
  • Denization – A term granting limited Naturalisation to those who were recorded as an alien.
  • Internees – Those who were segregated because they are deemed to be potentially enemies of the country in which they live.
  • Prisoners of War – Those captured during a war situation, whilst serving in a military service.
  • Refugees – Those who are fleeing their home location, but remaining within the borders of their own Country.
  • Repatriation – Those who were held during a war, and subsequently returned to their home soil.
  • Displacement – Those fleeing their home, but moving across their Country borders.
  • Enforced Migration – This is where we see citizens of one country forced to migrate elsewhere, which might be across Country borders.

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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