Preserving our immigration history.

Fortieth anniversary of the
Indochinese Refugee Movement to Canada


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In 1975, Canada’s largest reception and resettlement of refugees began. From then through to 1999, close to 130,000 Indochinese refugees, including some 60,000 in 1979-80 alone, came to Canada from Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos. We offer a range of information about that significant movement.


1) Running on Empty – Book Publication 2) Special Bulletin
The Society proudly announces the publication of its book, ‘Running on Empty’, on the Indochinese ‘boat people’ movement under the banner of McGill Queen’s University Press.The book focuses on the work of Canadian public servants in Southeast Asia and Canada to meet an unprecedented commitment to resettle 70,000 of the refugees before the end of 1980.
MQUP brochure and order form can be downloaded here.

French Text in Running on Empty

A special edition on what was entailed in helping these people find refuge in Canada.
3) Historical documents 4) Statistics
A collection of Canadian government materials about this chapter in refugee movements. Data on the refugees – who they were, where they went.
5) Photo Albums 6) Links
Mainly photos by Canadian personnel involved in the movement. Other sites with information pertinent to this movement.