"When we came here, we had no money"

EXHIBITION : IMMIGRATION THE CHANGING FACE OF IRELAND

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Ten years after the Irish government took a decision to allow over two hundred Vietnamese 'Boat People' to come and live in this country, a report on the difficulties they face as they attempt to come to terms with a culture vastly different to their own.

  • Title
    Vietnamese Refugees in Ireland
  • 1st Broadcast
    11/12/1989
  • Contributor
    Bob Powell (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:06:02
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    "When we came here, we had no money"
  • Extended description

    A look at the Vietnamese community in Ireland ten years after their arrival as refugees.

    212 refugees from Vietnam arrived in Ireland in September 1979. At first they were accommodated in Red Cross centres in Blanchardstown and Swords, and over time moved on to rented local authority housing in Dublin and other parts of the country.

    Michael Stone, Chairman of the Refugee Settlement Committee, speaks about how well the Vietnamese integrated into Irish society and how they set up take away food business. The VEC (Vocational Education Committee) also introduced intensive language courses to provide English language training for the immigrants. Spouses and grandparents of the refugees have also been permitted to come and live in Ireland. Michael Stone speaks about efforts being made to extend access to the country to other family members.

    Ten years since their arrival, many of the younger Vietnamese are now integrated into Irish society and have embraced it whole-heartedly.

    With over 400 Vietnamese now in Ireland, they still face many challenges with many still largely dependent on state support to survive.

  • Information

    A RTÉ News report by Bob Powell on the plight of Vietnamese refugees in Ireland. This report was broadcast on 11 December, 1989.

    This report contains some footage from the arrival of the Vietnamese in 1979.

  • Local keywords
    Vietnam, Vietnamese, Refugees, Adult Education, Fast Food, Refugee Settlement Committee, Vocational Education Committee, VEC, Michael Stone, Bay Nguyen, Miriam Dean, Philomenna Sinnott, Chua Nguyen, Immigration, Immigrants
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Society and Social Issues
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1989
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    FS15/89
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Stereo
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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