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English definition of “boat people”

boat people

plural noun  /ˈboʊt ˌpi·pəl/
people who have left their country by boat, usually in the hope of finding safety in another place
(Definition of boat people plural noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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