History of Filipino Americans

Third Wave of Filipino Immigration
“Bridge generation” of Filipino Americans. ©Image Attribution forthcoming. Image belongs to the respective owner(s).
1946 Jan 1 - 1965

Third Wave of Filipino Immigration

United States

The third wave of immigration followed the events of World War II.[37] Filipinos who had served in World War II were given the option of becoming U.S. citizens, and many took the opportunity,[38] over 10,000 according to Barkan.[39] Filipina war brides were allowed to immigrate to the United States due to the War Brides Act and Fiancée Act, with approximately 16,000 Filipinas entering the United States in the years following the war.[37] This immigration was not limited to Filipinas and children; between 1946 and 1950, one Filipino groom was granted immigration under the War Brides Act. A source of immigration was opened up with the Luce–Celler Act of 1946, that gave the Philippines a quota of 100 persons a year; yet records show that 32,201 Filipinos immigrated between 1953 and 1965. This wave ended in 1965.

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