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English Spanish Vocabulary – Migration Migración Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Learning, Spanish Vocabulary

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Today we are going to practice useful Spanish vocabulary related to Migration.
Hoy vamos a practicar vocabulario español útil relacionado con Migración.


Use the player below to listen to and repeat the pronunciation of the words in Spanish:


Migration Migración

migrant migrante
immigrant inmigrante
refugee refugiado
refugee status condición de refugiado; calidad de refugiado
customs la aduana
records check verificación, inspección, comprobación
quality of life la calidad de vida
checkpoint el control
people smuggler el traficante de personas
displacement desplazamiento
embassy la embajada
hope la esperanza
(length of) stay la estancia
border la frontera
boat la lancha
little boat barquito
mistreatment el maltrato
USA green card la tarjeta verde
fear el temor, el miedo
protect/shelter abrigar
to take in acoger
lawful permanent resident residente permanente legal
lawfully admitted admitido legalmente
to protect amparar, proteger
to cross / to go through atravesar
to displace desplazar
to sink naufragar
to stop / to detain parar
to exceed rebasar
to overcome superar
to arise surgir
to take measures tomar medidas
extreme cruelty crueldad extrema
extreme hardship sufrimiento, adversidad
hungry hambriento/a
subhuman infrahumano/a
dangerous peligroso/a
shameful vergonzoso/a
employment authorization document documento de autorización de empleo
entitled to be admitted con derecho a ser admitido
on foot a pie
by truck en camión
by bus en autobús

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About the Author: Laura & Adam

Laura & Adam have been blogging and creating online Spanish courses for Transparent Language since 2010. Laura is from Bilbao in northern Spain and Adam is from Devon in the south of England. They lived together in Spain for over 10 years, where their 2 daughters were born, and now they live in Scotland. Both Laura & Adam qualified as foreign language teachers in 2004 and since have been teaching Spanish in Spain, the UK, and online.


  1. Thelma:

    Really like this post, Laura. I work at USCIS, and have need for learning words related to immigration and abuse.

    • Laura:

      @Thelma Hola Thelma,
      It’s great to hear that this vocabulary lesson came in useful. Thanks for letting me know!
      All my best,