Definition of boat people in English:
Refugees who have left a country by sea, in particular the Vietnamese who fled in small boats to Hong Kong, Australia, and elsewhere after the conquest of South Vietnam by North Vietnam in 1975.
- It was reported recently that a number of violent criminals paid big money to join the Vietnamese boat people to come to Australia.
- Except for a small community of former boat people, Vietnam has no supportive overseas ethnic connection.
- Like North Sea oil, Vietnamese boat people, German wine and inflation - it was everywhere at the time.
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