The Formation of Migrant Muslim Communities in Metro Manila

Akiko Watanabe


The paper examines the formation of migrant Muslim communities in Metro Manila set against the Philippine government’s changing policies toward the Muslim Filipinos in Mindanao at the turn of the twenty-first century. The Muslim Filipinos’ migration to Metro Manila has been steered by kin and ethnic relations and religious tolerance. This, in turn, resulted in ethnic and economic stratifications in and among the migrant Muslim communities in Metro Manila. The paper analyzes these communities and the dynamics that structure Muslim Filipinos’ spatial movements in and around Metro Manila.


Muslim Filipinos; migration; Metro Manila; communities

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