For half a century (ever since the Japanese invasion of 1942), much of Southeast Asia has been racked by war. In the last 20 years alone, some three million people fled their homes in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. This book is their story. It is also the story of the international communityas response. Spearheading this was the United Nations agency responsible, UNHCR. It pioneered innovations like the Orderly Departure Programme, anti-piracy and rescue-at-sea efforts, and later on, ambitious reintegration projects for returnees. Today the camps in Southeast Asia are closed. Half a million people have returned home. Over two million have started new lives in the United States, Canada, Australia and France. This compelling book is the history of this modern exodus. It also takes stock and poses important questions. How did the flight of refugees and international response evolve? How do we measure the achievements and the failures of that international effort? What has been the legacy in Asia itself? And what lessons can be drawn for use in other refugee situations around the world?locating the several thousand Vietnamese who had landed in half a dozen different countries, offering temporary ... Singapore permitted transit of nearly 2, 000 in the wake of the US evacuation and even offered permanent settlement to 110 fishermen. ... at Subic and Clark on their way to the United States - included 2, 600 Vietnamese dependants of Filipino overseas workers. ... the Philippine Coast Guard to re- provision the boat with fuel, food and water and order it a#39;to sail to Hawaiia#39;.
|Title||:||Terms of Refuge|
|Publisher||:||Zed Books - 1998|