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plural noun
refugees who have fled a country by boat, usually without sufficient provisions, navigational aids, or a set destination, especially those who left Indochina by sea as a result of the fall of South Vietnam in 1975.
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Origin of boat people

First recorded in 1975–80
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boat people

pl n
refugees, esp from Vietnam in the late 1970s, who leave by boat hoping to be picked up by ships of another country
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