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Boat People (jan 4, 1977 – sep 14, 1979)

Description:

In the late 1970s a new wave of seaborne refugees docked in Darwin, firstly from East Timor and then from Indochina, most fleeing from war and violence in their home countries. The Vietnamese ‘boat people’ in particular arrived at a time of dramatic social upheaval in Australia, with heated public debate about our involvement in the Vietnam War and the new concept of multiculturalism. Despite some opposition from the wider community, the relaxation of immigration restrictions meant that most of the refugees were allowed to settle in Australia.

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Date:

jan 4, 1977
sep 14, 1979
~ 2 years and 8 months
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