An emigre is someone who moves to a different country. As many as two million emigres left Russia during the three years after the Russian Revolution.
The French émigré, "an emigrant," comes from the Latin emigrare, "depart from a place." You can use this word for anyone who departs their home country, but it usually describes people who leave for political reasons. Russian emigres found themselves in opposition to Russia’s new political climate and fled to countries all across Europe. During the American Revolution, many colonists who were loyal to Britain also became emigres, departing for Canada and Great Britain.
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