The migration of a homeless group to a new home. There are many motives: they may be refugees running from the light of their burning homes, they may wish to escape a wicked or unjust land and start anew. They may be migrating for profit.

This theme can be the basis of an [[TheEpic Epic]].

If done in space the heroes can become SpaceCossacks in the process.

May join forces with FightingForAHomeland. A subtrope of TheQuest in fantasy settings. May lead to SettlingTheFrontier.
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[[folder: Anime ]]

* ''SpaceBattleshipYamato'' - The original reason for rebuilding the Yamato as a spaceship was something like this, but when they learned that there was technology on Iscandar that could cleanse the earth of radiation poisoning they quickly changed the mission. some of the crew try to colonize Iscandar anyway though In the 3rd series, they are in fact sent on a mission to find a new planet for people to migrate to, and fail, but end up saving Earth again.

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* ''Literature/WatershipDown''
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' had this as the plot of the second series, after the original forest was destroyed to make way for a road.
** The cats in the prequel series, ''Dawn of the Clans'', also.
* Happens several times in the Tolkien legendarium, too. First some of the elves migrated to Valinor, then some of them migrated back. Then some men migrated to Númenor, then some of their descendants migrated back. Then Hobbits migrated to the Shire.. there are probably others.
* ''Literature/TheAeneid''
* Several [[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas Norse sagas]]
* ''Literature/TheBible'': specifically, the book of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Exodus]]
* ''The Cold Moons'' by Aeron Clement (''Literature/WatershipDown'' [[/folder]]

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* The Kushans in the last two books of Literature/BelisariusSeries
* In ''Firesong'', the third book in the ''Literature/WindOnFire'' trilogy, the Manth tribe, after the destruction of their city, travel across the continent to find a new homeland their prophet has seen.
* In Katherine Kerr's Literature/{{Deverry}} series, [[spoiler: the humans migrated to the world of Annwn after being chased out of their homeland by the "cursed Rhwmanes". This ulitmately caused the decimation of the Elven people.]]
* In ''ItCantHappenHere'', American refugees have been steadily pouring into Canada to escape the Windrip regime. [[spoiler: After escaping from the Trianon camp, Doremus himself makes the trek to Canada and lives there as a refugee for a time.]]
* Vilhelm Moberg's ''Literature/TheEmigrants'' series follows a group of poor farmers who migrate from the same Swedish village to settle in Minnesota, trying to escape forces varying from religious persecution to sexual exploitation to poverty so severe that one family's child starves to death.[[note]]Because Moberg based the characters on old letters and diaries he found during his research, these motivations were presumably TruthInTelevision for some Swedish migrants during the 1850's.[[/note]]

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* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic'' and ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined''
* Those aliens in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' (those that have the True Girlfriend that Troi's husband-to-be was looking for)

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* Migration is a recurring theme in human history.
** Some times disturbances in the steppelands would cause a billiard-ball like effect where one tribe would migrate to another's territory, that would migrate to someone else' and so on. The most notable example resulted in everyone west of the Huns (I.E. everyone) being pushed into the Roman Empire's territory.

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* ''{{Traveller}}'' has a lot of these too. The Sword Worlds were the migration of soldiers from a previous regime on Terra who were stranded by their government's overthrow. The best sample campaign in the {{Gurps}} {{Traveller}} series, ''100 Parsecs'', is about a project for preserving the Sword Worlder way of life on a distant world. Aslan are always doing this as well.
** This is in some ways the second [[PlanetOfHats hat]] of the Aslan(the first is ProudWarriorRace). Aslan have a biological obsession with land and it is one of the main basis' for status. They regularly send out what they call ''Ihaiti'' fleets of colonists who settle on planets. Sometimes they do so by [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority force]] and at other times they make a treaty with locals who have land to share. A classic treaty of this kind involves [[HiredGuns military service]] for land.
* During the fall of the Star League in the backstory of BattleTech; the Star League Defense Forces left (along with their families and anyone else who wanted to go) known space to prevent their weapons and soldiers from being used against the citizens of the Inner Sphere by the warring Great Houses. Their descendants, after a bit of a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy cultural shift]], eventually migrated back with the objective to end the still ongoing wars through force.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Oddworld}}'': Abe's Exoddus.
* ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}''. It's AllThereInTheManual, but the planet of Kharak was becoming less and less hospitable to [[HumanAlien Kushan]] life, and one of the Mothership's objectives was to find somewhere more viable in the long-term. [[ApocalypseHow The Taiidani Imperium rendered this somewhat academic.]]
* The Quarian Migrant Fleet in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''.
* In ''LogicalJourneyOfTheZoombinis'', Zoombini Isle has been taken over by the evil Bloats, so the Zoombinis- under the player's control- travel through a strange continent to find somewhere to settle.

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* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', when the demons conquer Vanna, the capital of the Sultanate of Karaganda, the surviving [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Sarquil]] who have lived in the desert for generations are driven into exile.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''IceAge'' opens with Scrat being stomped by the animals migrating south to avoid the ice age.
* ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail''.
* ''TheLandBeforeTime''.

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