I understand the immigrants refers to people coming into a country, and emigrants refers to those leaving, such as here:
The immigrants flooded into the United States.
The emigrants gather their meager belongings before boarding the ship in Liverpool.
Which word might I use in the following sentence:
The ____________ came from the Germany to the US.
Would I simply use whichever word I had used before (if it was one of more sentences) to avoid confusion?