Remembering the journey to Canada of Vietnamese refugees – Asian Heritage Month

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On April 30, 1975, the fall of the city of Saigon marked the end of the Vietnam War and the start of a refugee crisis. Millions of Vietnamese fled their homes seeking refuge and freedom, with many trying to escape across the South China Sea in small leaky boats.

Canada recognized the plight of the Vietnamese and immediately accepted thousands of refugees.

Find out more about the journey of the Vietnamese boat people, and how Canada took immediate action to help.

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