boat people

plural noun

Definition of boat people

: refugees fleeing by boat

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This influx exceeds even the surge in arrivals of boat people when a government led by the Labor party, now in opposition, called off the Pacific solution between 2008 and 2012. The Economist, "Far more would-be refugees arrive in Australia by plane than by boat," 5 Sep. 2019 Gus’s Community Market opened, becoming a gathering place for both the boat people and condo dwellers. J.k. Dineen,, "Rare floating home for sale, at a very San Francisco price," 15 July 2019 There is a way to do this, and boat people tend to like things done the right way, because their vessel, and people's lives, often depend on it. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "15 Things My Father Taught Me," 17 June 2016 Many of the refugees who escaped in small boats came to be called the boat people. CBS News, "Vietnamese refugees reunite with rescuers after decades of searching," 10 Mar. 2018 The same bars that are open in the summer for fishing and boating people—generally on a lake—they’ll stay open for packs of snowmobiles to come in and get a beer. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, "How Digital Maps Have Changed What It Means to Be Lost," 23 Feb. 2018 His parents escaped Vietnam as boat people in the early 1980s and ended up in City Heights and then Linda Vista and Mira Mesa. Jeanette Steele,, "2nd generation of Asian entrepreneurs poised to take Convoy District into future," 19 Jan. 2018 The boat people, they were called, and Ms. Le was one of them. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Hiep Thi Le, Vietnamese Refugee Who Became Film Star, Dies at 46," 23 Dec. 2017 The story attached to me was that of a poor Haitian dirty kid who was part of the boat people family. Jeneé Osterheldt, kansascity, "This immigrant now lives the American Dream: Do you have a problem with that?," 6 Sep. 2017

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1976, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of boat people

: people who leave their country in boats in order to get away from a dangerous situation

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