Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Invited talk
Centre of Justice and Rights Seminar
Between 1975 and 1980 more than one million people fled Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos and sought refuge in states and regions including Indonesia, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia. To find a durable solution to the ‘boat people’ problem, an international conference on the Indo-Chinese refugees was assembled in Geneva in July 1979. The arrangements concluded during the conference offered a temporary solution to this problem. The number of boat arrivals significantly rose again in 1988. To find a solution to the second wave of Indo-Chinese boat arrivals, another international conference was assembled in 1989 and the Comprehensive Plan of Action (CPA) was introduced. The seminar will consider the reasons for the Indo-Chinese displacement and policies that were adopted to deal with the boat arrivals, as well as the CPA protection framework. Through discussion of these issues, a evaluation will be offered as to whether the CPA can be adopted as a model to manage mass influx situations.