Boat People: A Refugee Crisis
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.
Why they fled: The fall of Saigon
Refugee Francis Win remembers the arrival of the North Vietnamese communists in Saigon.
Vietnamese refugees look back 25 years later
In the year 2000, a reunion in Ottawa between refugees and their sponsors. And Peter Tran looks back at 25…
Returning to Vietnam, 15 years later
A report by CBC reporter Patrick Brown on the return home by some Vietnamese refugees.
Adjusting to Canada: From ABCs to -40 degrees
Refugee Peter Tran talks about his flight from Vietnam in 1975 and his experiences adapting to life in Canada.
Vietnamese refugees adapt to life in Canada
The story of Peter Tran, one of the first boat people, who has bought his own restaurant.
Refugees flee Vietnam - and Newfoundland
Three Vietnamese refugees who were brought to Stephenville have left.
Genocide and famine in Cambodia
A special report on disaster in Cambodia: an estimated 2.5 million Cambodians could die from starvation and disease.
Union-sponsored Vietnamese boat people cross picket lines
A union believes that strike-breaking by Vietnamese refugees could inflame emotions against them.
Vietnamese refugees: ‘They take the jobs Canadians don’t want…’
In Vegreville, Alta., Vietnamese refugees work at a farm equipment factory. Former employees cry, "Exploitation!"
National Citizen’s Coalition anti-immigration campaign
The National Citizen's Coalition has placed a newspaper advertisement questioning whether the government has been forthcoming about the number of…
Refuge for the unwanted
A CBC Television crew visits the refugee camps in Hong Kong and Malaysia.
CBC Television crew visits refugees, Anambas Islands
A CBC television crew flies to the remote Anambas Islands, to investigate reports of thousands of Vietnamese refugees living there.
Refugees: Letter from Anambas Islands delivered to Toronto
From a tiny patch of jungle comes a letter from a Vietnamese refugee to a cousin in Canada.
Welcome to Canada: Vietnamese refugees arrive
The first flight of Vietnamese refugees arrives at Pearson International Airport in Toronto.
Refugees: some say ‘Go home.’
Phone-in show callers give their opinions about the new wave of immigrants. Columnist Doug Collins and Operation Lifeline Chair Howard…
Pirates and sinking ships: One refugee’s story
Dr. Tuan Tran describes his escape from Vietnam to a refugee camp in Malaysia.
Public opinion: How many boat people can Canada take?
Is Canada's generosity in taking in refugees running out?
Boat People: Rocking the World’s Conscience
A 1979 CBC Newsmagazine special explores the plight of Vietnamese refugees and what Canadians are doing to help them.
Operation Lifeline: Ontario’s sponsorship campaign
Ontario steps forward to help refugees from Vietnam.
Re-education camps or death camps?
Human Rights Committee president Joan Baez speaks out against Vietnam's re-education camps.