Representatives from the U.S. Government Accountability Office are on island as part of a ground study on COFA migration in the United States.
While here, the federal research team will be meeting with government officials, nonprofits, businesses, consular officials, and migrant communities from the Freely Associated States.
Often called a congressional watchdog, the Government Accountability Office is an independent, nonpartisan body that looks at how taxpayer dollars are spent in the U.S. and its territories.
The study team will be on Guam from August 26 to 28 to gather information on the impact of COFA migration on receiving territories and states such as Guam. The Compacts of Free Association are agreements between the US and the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.
According to the latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau, Guam has the most number of COFA migrants in 2018. In fact, about 93 percent of all COFA migrants in 2018 resided in Guam or Hawaii.