immigrated/emigrated to

Tan Elaine

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If Mike's family has permanently moved to Australia,
with the intention of becoming residents or citizens, they have emigrated/immigrated to Australia.

Which is the correct verb?

Thanks.
 

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They immigrated to Australia. They emigrated from their previous home country.

You can remember this by noting that the prefix im- is similar to the preposition "in" and that you immigrate into your new home.
 
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