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boat people

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishboat peopleˈboat ˌpeople noun [plural]  SANPPGpeople who escape from bad conditions in their country in small boatsrefugees
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boat peopleLast year 6,652 boat people landed in Hong Kong, down from more than 34,000 in 1989.Artists record anthem to aid boat people.The Government would seek international co-operation on checking the inflow of boat people at January's Geneva conference meeting.December 1989 start of involuntary repatriation of boat people p. 37122.An agreement was reached during Maude's visit to increase the rate of voluntary repatriation of boat people from Hong Kong.A boat has to be purchased, from some one willing to sell it to potential boat people.No reprieve for the boat people.He said that the deportations could jeopardise international negotiations aimed at finding a long-term solution to the boat people problem.
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