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The Pacific has long been home to mobile populations, from the early voyaging Polynesians to Asian immigrants to Europeans, Americans and Australians. In the latter group, some came as derelicts off ships and others as missionaries, traders, and owners of plantations and shipping. Movement was both within islands and between islands and mainlands. They were always connected by routes of trade and travel, but who travelled and what happened to them depended a lot on the particular legal and social conditions of travel and arrival.