Emigrant Law and Legal Definition

Emigrant is a person who leaves ones country with the intention to establish a permanent residence elsewhere. Emigrants leave their own land in search of greener pastures. In the U.S., emigrants are of a lesser proportion to immigrants. However, many emigrants are found among natives and people who were immigrants earlier. For example, during the Vietnam War there were emigrants from the U.S. for political reasons. Many freed slaves also were emigrants back to their native places from the U.S.