Deportation is the act of throwing a foreigner out of a country, whether they are a resident or an intruder.

If you've ever heard that someone was deported — expelled from a country — then you can probably guess that deportation is the act of that happening. Deportation can involve a resident of a country who is tossed out because of a crime. Often, deportation happens to people who enter a country illegally and are caught. A citizen of a country is usually safe from deportation. Deportation means something close to exile. When you see the word deportation, think “Goodbye.”

Definitions of deportation

n the expulsion of a non-citizen from a country

Type of:
ejection, exclusion, expulsion, riddance
the act of forcing out someone or something

n the act of expelling a person from their native land

“his deportation to a penal colony”
exile, expatriation, transportation
Babylonian Captivity
the deportation of the Jews to Babylonia by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC
Type of:
banishment, proscription
rejection by means of an act of banishing or proscribing someone

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