Australia wanted to help people in Asia and other parts of the world who had been made homeless by war, revolutions or persecution by governments. After the Vietnam War in the late 1970s when communists gained controlled of Vietnam, thousands of people who were afraid of the Government left in small boats.
Why did Vietnamese refugees leave?
Political oppression, poverty, and continued war were the main reasons Vietnamese fled their country. The desire to leave was especially great for Vietnamese who had fought for the South, worked with the United States, or held positions in the South Vietnamese government.
Why are there so many Vietnamese in Australia?
The majority of Vietnamese came to Victoria after the Communist government took over their homeland at the end of the Vietnam War. Those already in Australia were offered permanent residence, and refugees began to be admitted through resettlement camps based in South East Asia.
Is Vietnam still communist?
Government of Vietnam
The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is a one-party state. A new state constitution was approved in April 1992, replacing the 1975 version. The central role of the Communist Party was reasserted in all organs of government, politics and society.
How did Vietnamese refugees come to America?
In 1975, about 125,000 Vietnamese refugees arrived in the United States as the result of a U.S.-sponsored evacuation program following the end of the Vietnam War.
How did Vietnamese migration affect Australia?
Vietnamese Australians have contributed creatively to many areas of Australian life such as politics, cuisine, arts, and research. Early impressions of Sydney include how spread out and lonely Sydney seemed after the constant bustle of Vietnamese cities.