FOKANA is an umbrella organization of malayalee association consists of 55 associations comprise of 45000 members spread in US and Canada .
Since its inception in 1983, FOKANA has earned its reputation and received global recognition.It seeks to preserve the North American Malayalee integrity and promotes the Kerala Cultural identity.
The first recorded arrival of an Indian visitor to America (Salem, Massachusetts) was on December 29, 1790. Ever since, people from India have settled in United States.
The immigration Act of 1960 gave an impetus to this. According to the latest census, there are 13 million Indian Americans in the U.S of which around 300,000 are Keralites.