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Public opinion: How many boat people can Canada take?

They were prepared to risk everything. In the years following the Vietnam War, over one million refugees fled the war-ravaged countries of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Those Vietnamese who took to the ocean in tiny overcrowded ships were dubbed the "boat people." The survivors sometimes languished for years in refugee camps. The luckier ones were taken in by countries like Canada.

Is Canada's generosity in taking in refugees running out?

Medium: Radio
Program: Cross Country Checkup
Broadcast Date: July 22, 1979
Guest(s): Ron Atkey
Host: Wayne Grigsby
Duration: 23:38

Last updated: April 23, 2013

Page consulted on February 28, 2014

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