French Polynesia Emigration and Immigration

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Finding the Town of Origin in French Polynesia[edit | edit source]

If you are using emigration/immigration records to find the name of your ancestors' town in French Polynesia, see French Polynesia Finding Town of Origin for additional research strategies.

French Polynesia Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

"Emigration" means moving out of a country. "Immigration" means moving into a country.
Emigration and immigration sources list the names of people leaving (emigrating) or arriving (immigrating) in the country. These sources may be passenger lists, permissions to emigrate, or records of passports issued. The information in these records may include the emigrants’ names, ages, occupations, destinations, and places of origin or birthplaces. Sometimes they also show family groups.

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

  • French Polynesia is divided into five groups of islands: the Society Islands archipelago, comprising the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands; the Tuamotu Archipelago; the Gambier Islands; the Marquesas Islands; and the Austral Islands. Among its 118 islands and atolls, 67 are inhabited. Tahiti, which is in the Society Islands group, is the most populous island, being home to nearly 69% of the population of French Polynesia as of 2017. Papeete, located on Tahiti, is the capital of French Polynesia.
  • Hundreds of years after the Great Polynesian Migration, European explorers began traveling through the region, visiting the islands of French Polynesia on several occasions. Traders and whaling ships also visited.
  • In 1842, the French took over the islands and established a French protectorate.
  • It gained designation as a country in 2004.[1]
  • Ethnic groups: Polynesian 78%, Chinese 10%, local-born French 7%, metropolitan (European-born) French 5%.[2]

Emigration From French Polynesia[edit | edit source]

  • Emigration statistics: 3,800 emigrants equivalent of 1.4% population. Top destination countries: the United States, Australia, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Canada, Greece, Kenya, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Chile.[3]

Records of Polynesian Emigrants in Their Destination Nations[edit | edit source]

Dark thin font green pin Version 4.png One option is to look for records about the ancestor in the country of destination, the country they immigrated into. See links to Wiki articles about immigration records for major destination countries below. Additional Wiki articles for other destinations can be found at Category:Emigration and Immigration Records.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "French Polynesia", in Wikipedia,, accesed 24 July 2021.
  2. "Demographics of French Polynesia", in Wikipedia,, accessed 24 July 2021.
  3. "French Polynesia", in KNOMAD, the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development,, accessed 24 July 2021.