What Is The Reason Why Americans Came To The Philippines?


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The predominant reason for Americans settling in the Philippines was primarily business orientated. There were numerous trading operations owned by Americans in the Philippines at the time; several of which were in the sugar trade.

The incoming American citizens to the Philippines were relatively minimal up until the Philippine-American War. Once the country had been colonized by the U.S. Army, the vast majority of Americans occupying the Philippines were US soldiers and other members of the army who remained stationed in the country.

Once the Philippines gained independence from the United States in 1946, a considerable amount of American citizens that were still occupying the Philippines stayed whilst maintaining contact with family and friends back in the United States. At this stage, these immigrants were mostly normal citizens but portions were members of the U.S. Army.

In the present day, the largest population of American citizens in Asia can be found in the Philippines. This makes them the sixth-largest American community in the world behind:

  • United States (189,596,000)
  • Mexico (459,000)
  • Guatemala (418,000)
  • Canada (302,000)
  • United Kingdom (200,000)

In the year 2007, it was reported by the U.S. State Department that around 250,000 American citizens were living in the Philippines during the time of the survey being taken out. It is suggested that many of these citizens were indeed born in the Philippines and later moved to the United States to for better prospects of employment and then came back to the Philippines once they had retired.

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