Vietnam Boat People Crisis Analysis

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From the experiences of World War II and with a view to propagate world peace and the protection of human rights, the major countries of world created the United Nations. This organization has a formidable arsenal of mechanisms, policies, and tools at its disposal to prevent international crises and protect resulting population displacements. It has been successful in many situations, including the Kosovar Conflict and the Vietnamese Boat People Crisis. In order for its interferences to be successful, the United Nations must utilize each component in its arsenal effectively: monitoring, pro-action, and reaction. The current refugee crisis from Syria and its neighboring countries has manifested extensively due to the United Nations’ inadequate …show more content…
The Vietnam War is often seen as one of the most problematic wars in American history coupled with one of the largest exoduses of refugees. Beginning in late 1955, the Vietnam War was not just against communism but also a war to suppress nationalist self-determination. The United States took part in the war by aiding the dictatorial regime in South Vietnam in the name of protecting democracy. However, the South Vietnamese government was considered weak and corrupt while the Soviet-backed North Vietnamese government was an independent and proud nationalist group fighting relentlessly for Vietnamese unification and against foreign dominance. The unfortunate outcome of the war was the loss against the North Vietnamese government and the start of a reign of communism. Consequently, an exodus of more than three million refugees fled from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. The refugees that escaped by boat are commonly grouped under the name the “Vietnamese Boat People”, although it includes the people of Cambodia and Laos as well as the Vietnamese. After the communist victories in 1975, the Vietnamese Boat People chose to take their chances at sea with sharks and regional pirates than live under communism, reeducation camps, and persecution. The refugees who survived the arduous waters sought safety and resettlement at neighboring countries as well as Western

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