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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.
Historical Examples

“Us” Mary Louisa S. Molesworth
The Settlers at Home Harriet Martineau
History of the Pirates Who Infested the China Sea From 1807 to 1810 Various
Man on the Ocean R.M. Ballantyne

plural noun
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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