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Boat people

LC control no.sh2009000869
Topical headingBoat people
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Rafters (People)
See alsoPolitical refugees
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Scope noteHere are entered works on persons who have fled their native countries by boat or raft because of political persecution or instability. This heading may be subdivided geographically to indicate the country of origin and/or the destination of the political refugees.
Found inWork cat.: The boat people and achievement in America, 1989: t.p. (boat people)
Britannica online, Feb. 3, 2009 (boat people: refugees fleeing by boat. The term originally referred to the thousands of Vietnamese who fled their country by sea following the collapse of the South Vietnamese government in 1975 ... The term was later applied to waves of refugees who attempted to reach the United States by boat from Cuba and Haiti and also to Afghan and other refugees seeking asylum in Australia)
Merriam-Webster dictionary online, Feb. 3, 2009 (boat people (plural noun): refugees fleeing by boat)
Univ. of Miami digital library site, Feb. 3, 2009 ("The Cuban rafter phenomenon"; Between 1959 and 1994, in defiance of the law, more than 63,000 citizens left Cuba by sea in small groups and reached the United States alive. Thousands more washed up in the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands and other Caribbean shores. Over the years, they have been collectively known as balseros (rafters))
Heritage Foundation website via WWW, Feb. 3, 2009 (Haitian rafters)