Cause Of Filipino Migration
The numbers of Filipinos migrating to the United States had been continuously growing over the years. Unfortunately, the limited research on this topic generally tended to focus more on the Filipino immigrant's social and cultural adaptation and not on the factors that encouraged them to leave the Philippines. Therefore, this research will investigate the significant reason behind the great number of Filipinos migrating in the United States and the consequences of that to the economy of the Philippines. In acquiring data, the research will employ the use of survey mechanism; a survey will concentrates on asking a portion or samples of Filipino immigrant a set of standardized questions.
The continuous influx of Filipino immigrants to the United States had brought the Filipino-American populations to be third largest Asian group in the United States. Based on the 2000 U.S. census, "Filipinos ranks third in population among Asians race-Asian Indian and Chinese ranks first and second, respectively- with a total population of 1,850,314 or 0.7% of the total population of the United States (2000 U.S. census). There are many literary studies that pertain to the struggles of Filipinos in the United States. Yet, there are very few that focus on the reason of Filipino exodus to the United States and these few assert that the American way of education, the depleting economy of the Philippines, and the social status standard of Filipinos are among the factors that motivate them to relocate.
Historically, United States had twice liberated the Philippines to the hands of cruel colonizer and in helping rebuild the devastated country, the American way of life was deeply embedded to the Filipino society. During that time, United States made universal education as one of their major objectives. A policy that was way different from that of most colonial powers, who took the position of providing education only for a small elite group.