Hey there Halo-Halos! Have you ever wondered how many second-generation Filipinos there could be in Germany, Austria or Switzerland? As far as we know, there aren’t any official statistics. But we once made a back-of-the-envelope calculation based on the size of the filipino immigrant population and the average fertility rate. By our crude estimate, there might be around 110 thousand second generation Filipinos in the DACH region. Whether or not this number is correct still remains to be seen. Nevertheless, even if the true statistic is only a fraction of this number, it’s safe to say that the second generation Pinoys make a rather formidable lot!
I myself don’t belong to the group of second generation Filipinos in Europe. I was born, and grew up, in the Philippines, and represent those in the Halo-Halo Network who came to Europe as adults and now navigate through multiple cultures in their day to day lives.
Our goal in Halo-Halo is to bring together these different groups of young Filipinos. We’re not quite there yet, but the network is growing steadily. Recently, we hit the 100 members mark, just over a year after we started. Cheers! 🥳 This milestone made me curious as to how the Halo-Halos are spread across Europe. So I made a little map using the information Halo-Halos provided in the Mailing List, during Ugat-Meetings, in the“Halo-Halo Steckbriefe“ and in Slack.
As of the date of this blog post, 62% of us are living in Germany, 18% in Austria, and another 14% in Switzerland. We’re quite the scattered bunch! So scattered in fact, that the remaining 6% even live in other continents: Asia and America (if you zoom the map out enough, you’ll see them). 😉
What about you folks, did you find your city in this Halo-Halo map?
The goal of this little mapping exercise is simple: the bigger the Halo-Halo becomes, the closer we get to the true „statistics“ about the young (second-generation, but not always) Filipino population in Europe. And with your help, we can get there.