INTRODUCTION: A renewed flow of refugees from Vietnam of Hong Kong has begun, the largest group since last October arriving on Tuesday (14 April).
GV Boats containing Vietnamese refugees arrive in Hong Kong with police launch in background
SV ZOOM IN TO CU Boat awash with sea water
SV & CU Vietnamese refugees on boats (3 shots)
SV & CU Refugees watch as another sleeps (3 shots)
LV Police boat patrols around line of refugee boats (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A renewed flow of refugees from Vietnam of Hong Kong has begun, the largest group since last October arriving on Tuesday (14 April). Eight junks carrying 232 people arrived in Victoria Harbour, and are being put through entry procedures at the Western Anchorage before being moved to the Jubilee Centre, after a day or two.
SYNOPSIS: The new waves of refugees to Hong Kong had been expected. Reports of serious food shortages and military conscription in Vietnam had arrived with refugees earlier this year.
The Vietnamese authorities have, reportedly, tightened surveillance routes, but living conditions and food rations have deteriorated so sharply that to some people the chance of escape outweighs the risks involved.
These refugees will be allowed to land after they have been examined at the quarantine centre by the Immigration and Medical departments. Meanwhile, the Hong Kong government is supplying them with food and water.
This group's arrival brings the total number of Vietnamese refugees presently in Hong Kong to over 19,000. More than 4,000 of them are in government camps and the rest in United Nations refugees camps.
Since the beginning of the year, there have been more than 1,500 new arrivals, while almost 7,000 have departed for new homelands. But many of the main resettlement countries have failed to meet their quotas. And many of the refugees left behind suffer social or physical handicaps which make them difficult to rehabilitate.