This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word boat people
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
refugees who have fled a country by boat, usu. without sufficient provisions.
Origin of boat people:
Plural form of boat person.
Boat people is a term that usually refers to refugees, illegal immigrants, or asylum seekers who emigrate in numbers in boats that are sometimes old and crudely made. The term came into common use during the late 1970s with the mass departure of Vietnamese refugees from Communist-controlled Vietnam, following the Vietnam War.
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