Essay on Vietnamese Refugees in Orange County

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For years refugees have come to America from all over the globe coming from Syria, Vietnam, Iraq, and even Australia. A refugee is different than an immigrant, in such a way that they are basically forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or a natural disaster. Unlike immigrants who have been here for a long time like the Mexicans, or the Japanese, the Vietnamese have been in the U.S for around thirty years or less. After the Vietnam War, the Vietnamese feared for their life and were forced to leave their county for liberty. The Vietnamese arrived here as refugees, not voluntary immigrants. The Vietnamese refugees fled to America in a few waves, one was after the Vietnam War in 1975 and was aided …show more content…
Another reason is because of the Communist taking over; clearly the US needed to step in. It was the Refugee Act of 1980 that gave away universal definition to what a refugee was. After the Refugee Act there was no longer a quota system for Vietnam. When the Refugee Act was enforced, from 1983 to 1991 the US admitted between 35,000 and 52,000 refugees. From 1983 to 2004 there was then 387,741 total Vietnamese refugees in the whole US. During the terrorist attack on America there was a halt on refugees coming to the US, but soon after they continued to come. The Vietnamese are the second largest refugee group in the US. Because there was a refugee camp located in Southern California, the Vietnamese made there home there. Most went towards San Diego, LA and Orange County and the rest went more North towards San Jose. Just in California alone there are around 405, 806 refugees that make up 25% of the US refugee population. Now in Orange County there are 50,714 refugees that have resettled in that area, which makes 11% of the US refugee population. Orange County has such a huge Vietnamese community that 1 and 3 residents are foreign born. In the early 2000’s there was only a .9% of refugees coming, but between 2000 and 2010 there was a 37.9% increase in population growth all together. Today, the year 2014 hardly any refugees

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