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How did the Vietnam War affect refugees?

How did the Vietnam War affect refugees?

Near the end of the Vietnam War, people in South Vietnam began to flee due to the rise of communism in Vietnam. Many of the people who left fled on boats, and they are referred to as the Vietnamese Boat People. A majority of them were rescued and resettled into developing countries, mostly into the United States.

Why did Vietnamese migrate to America?

Large-scale Vietnamese migration to the United States started as an influx of refugees following the end of the war. Early arrivals consisted largely of military personnel and urban professionals (and their families) who worked with the U.S. military or the South Vietnamese government.

How many boats killed Vietnam?

According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, between 200,000 and 400,000 boat people died at sea. Other wide-ranging estimates are that 10 to 70 percent of Vietnamese boat people died at sea.

Why did the Vietnamese people leave their country?

Political oppression, poverty, and continued war were the main reasons Vietnamese fled their country. The desire to leave was especially great for Vietnamese who had fought for the South, worked with the United States, or held positions in the South Vietnamese government.

Why did the repatriates want to return to Vietnam?

They called themselves the repatriates, and they wanted to return to Vietnam for a range of reasons. Many were young South Vietnamese sailors who were aboard South Vietnamese ships as the North Vietnamese advanced on Saigon, and their captains had directed the ships out to sea and never returned to port.

When was Vietnam taken over by the north?

In 1975 Vietnam was taken over by Communist from the north. Since that day many people who worked for the South Vietnam government were in jail. Every thing was changed, the life became miserable, and we had no religion and no freedom. From 1975 to 1990 many people left Vietnam by boat and they became Vietnamese refugees or boat people.

When did Vietnamese immigrants come to the United States?

Large-scale immigration from Vietnam to the United States began at the end of the Vietnam War, when the fall of Saigon in 1975 led to the U.S.-sponsored evacuation of an estimated 125,000 Vietnamese refugees.