1978-1996 Canada and the boat people crisis


This chronology is a detailed supplement to the summary article: Canada and the boat people crisis

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+ 1978    

The Chinese exodus begins. Canadians notice and Canada takes a lead.

+ 1979    

The international response begins. Canada was leading the way at the beginning of the year, and Canada maintained that lead.

+ 1980    

The peak year for admissions.

+ 1981-1996    

Two thirds of the total admissions under the program were in this period. This occurred with little public attention.