Encyclopedia of Diasporas

2005 Edition
| Editors: Melvin Ember, Carol R. Ember, Ian Skoggard

Philippine Diaspora

  • Robert Lawless
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-29904-4_24


The emigration of Filipinos from their homeland has a long history, but Philippine migration can be discussed conveniently in terms of periods and waves” the prehistoric period, the Spanish period, the U.S. period, which consists of four waves, and the global period. The first period would no doubt include prehistoric emigration out of the Philippine Archipelago to nearby islands and the mainland of Asia and Southeast Asia. Unfortunately, no reliable documentation of these migrations exists.

By 1572 a substantial part of the Philippines was under Spanish control, and the islands remained a Spanish colony until the United States took over following the 1898 to 1902 Spanish-American war. During the Spanish period Filipinos immigrated along the Spanish trade and exploration routes primarily to what are now Guam and Mexico, though little documentation of these migrations exists. Also, no doubt, Filipinos continued to immigrate to nearby islands, especially from the southern parts...


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