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Immigrant Song

In this lesson we’re going to look at some famous immigrants, and learn a lot of vocabulary on the way. Have a look at the groups of synonyms below, and make sure you know their meanings.

Next, have a read of the immigration text to put those words into use.

Have fun with the lesson and quizzes!

– James.

Lesson Contents

Vocabulary: Immigration

native = civilian = inhabitant

settle = live = reside

permanent = stable = long-term

employment = recruitment = work

positive = advantageous = beneficial


population = populace = community

adversely = negatively = unfavourably

barrier = hurdle = obstacle

profound = thorough = weighty

gain = advantage = benefit

Read the short texts about the famous people, and match the second halves to the first halves. You’ll have to know a little about famous people to get 100% on this quiz, so don’t hesitate to look the celebrity up on Wikipedia!

Audio: A Famous Immigrant

Listen to the short audio clip about a famous immigrant, then answer the questions below.

Text: What is immigration?

Immigration is the international movement of people into a destination country of which they are not natives or where they do not possess citizenship in order to reside there, especially as permanent residents or naturalized citizens, or to find employment as a migrant worker or temporarily as a foreign worker.

As for economic effects, research suggests that migration is beneficial both to the receiving and sending countries. Research, with few exceptions, finds that immigration on average has positive economic effects on the native population, but is mixed as to whether low-skilled immigration adversely affects low-skilled natives. 

Studies show that the elimination of barriers to migration would have profound effects on world GDP, with estimates of gains ranging between 67 and 147 percent. Development economists argue that reducing barriers to labor mobility between developing countries and developed countries would be one of the most efficient tools of poverty reduction.

Read the quotes from the text “What is immigration?”, and complete the sentences below using a suitable synonym.

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