According to the 2000 Philippines census, there were 43,871 Indonesians in the Philippines, making them the 5th-largest group of foreigners in the Philippines. Most reside in the Muslim-dominated region of Mindanao.
Migration and settlement
Some Indonesians came to Mindanao as early as the 1970s, settling down and married local women.
Registration, residency, and deportation
As early as 1999, the Philippine government had been attempting to get Indonesians to register with the authorities, holding out the possibility that they might be granted citizenship as an incentive. However, a survey the next year, which counted 7,200 Indonesians living illegally in the area, found that few wanted to be naturalized in the... Read More