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The Missing Micronesians

2009 (56:00 mins) Island Topics #66 COMPACT ECONOMICS MIGRATION

Tens of thousands of Micronesians now live in the US, where they have migrated to find jobs, education and health care.  This one-hour documentary, a sequel to “Micronesians Abroad,” tracks down some of these islanders in a handful of small towns in the Midwest.  Islanders may have once been concentrated in a few key destinations, but they now turn up just about everywhere.  Despite the usual adjustment problems, they have adapted well to their new homes, where they work long shifts, celebrate parties with friends, and even enjoy winter sports. 

This video explores the ties they retain with the people they have left behind. The impact of their departure has been felt in their home islands, but the millions of dollars they send back home each year is a boon for their family, their friends and their nation.

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