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Can the 1979 Indochinese refugee deal provide a solution for Europe?

The mass exodus of people from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos during the 1970s, many of whom perished in overcrowded boats, led to a landmark international agreement. The United States, Canada, France, and Australia agreed to accept hundreds of thousands of refugees. What lessons can Europe learn from that crisis? Courtland Robinson worked for the US Indochina Refugee Action Center at the time. Thuan Le Elston fled South Vietnam with her family in 1975 - she now lives in Virginia.

(Photo: Several boatloads of Indochinese refugees reach Hong Kong waters in 1979. Credit: COR/AFP/Getty Images)

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