Vietnam: Information on the agreement between the government of Vietnam and the UNHCR regarding repatriation of Vietnamese refugees
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 March 1991|
|Citation / Document Symbol||VNM8051|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Vietnam: Information on the agreement between the government of Vietnam and the UNHCR regarding repatriation of Vietnamese refugees, 1 March 1991, VNM8051, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6abfb2c.html [accessed 20 September 2014]|
The information in the following paragraph was gathered during a telephone interview with a representative of the UNHCR in Ottawa on 8 March 1991.
Referring specifically to Vietnamese refugees in Hong Kong, the representative states that the above-mentioned agreement is still in effect. The agreement "should" also be applicable to Vietnamese refugees in other countries. According to the source, the UNHCR has information on an unspecified number of Vietnamese refugees who have been returned or have returned voluntarily after their refugees status applications were rejected. These refugees have been in touch with the UNHCR office in Vietnam and the UNHCR has been able to make contact with them without difficulty. The UNHCR has not received any official report on ill-treatment of the returnees by the Vietnamese government. However, those refugees who have been suspected for their alleged involvement in human smuggling rings may face mistreatment upon return to Vietnam.
A representative of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University (CRS) states that the information available to the CRS suggests that the above-mentioned agreement is still in effect (telephone interview, 11 March 1991). The representative adds that the CRS has not received any report regarding ill-treatment of the repatriated refugees by the Vietnamese government.
Enclosed please find a copy of a UNHCR publication entitled "Information for Vietnamese Asylum-seekers in Hong Kong".
Additional and/or corroborating information on the subject is currently unavailable to the IRBDC.
Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Toronto. 11 March 1991. Telephone interview with a Representative.
UNHCR, Ottawa. 8 March 1991. Telephone interview with a Representative.
UNHCR. "Information for Vietnamese Asylum-seekers in Hong Kong."