from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Refugees, usually political ones, who attempt to flee from their native country to other countries by boat: "hundreds of thousands of boat people descending on the nation, arms outstretched in need” ( Jerry Adler).
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- n. Plural form of boat person.
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QUESTION: Will you asking Mr McCarthy to explore with the Sri Lankan Government the possibility of taking the boat people back there?
But of course the difficulties in the aftermath of the civil conflict, the challenges that that throws up for Sri Lanka, including questions of boat people and asylum seekers, will be one of the things which Mr McCarthy discusses with the Sri Lankan Government.
I should have mentioned that at the same time of the arrival of these boat people from Rohingyas, our police arrested some 40 illegal migrants, Afghan illegal migrants in the province of south-eastern Sulawesi.