The majority of Vietnamese came to Victoria after the Communist government took over their homeland at the end of the Vietnam War. Those already in Australia were offered permanent residence, and refugees began to be admitted through resettlement camps based in South East Asia.
Why did Vietnamese immigrants come to Australia?
The vast majority of refugees from Vietnam, however, arrived in Australia by plane after selection by Australian officials in refugee camps established throughout South-East Asia. Since 1976 Australia has become home to a thriving Vietnamese community.
Why did the Vietnamese people flee?
Political oppression, poverty, and continued war were the main reasons Vietnamese fled their country. The desire to leave was especially great for Vietnamese who had fought for the South, worked with the United States, or held positions in the South Vietnamese government.
What contributions have Vietnamese made to Australia?
Since 1975 they have taken the initiative in setting up support networks such as the Vietnamese Community in Australia (VCA), language schools, media and numerous temples. Vietnamese Australians have contributed creatively to many areas of Australian life such as politics, cuisine, arts, and research.
Is Vietnam still communist?
Government of Vietnam
The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is a one-party state. A new state constitution was approved in April 1992, replacing the 1975 version. The central role of the Communist Party was reasserted in all organs of government, politics and society.
How did Vietnamese immigrants get to America?
The Vietnamese community in the United States was minimal until the South Vietnamese immigration to the country following the Vietnam War which ended in 1975. Early immigrants were refugee boat people, loyal to South Vietnam in the conflict who fled political persecution or sought economic opportunities.
How big is Vietnam compared to Australia?
Vietnam is approximately 331,210 sq km, while Australia is approximately 7,741,220 sq km, making Australia 2,237% larger than Vietnam. Meanwhile, the population of Vietnam is ~98.7 million people (73.3 million fewer people live in Australia).