1970s

Asian refugees arriving from UgandaSpontaneous asylum began to eclipse resettlement programs as the most common form of entry into the UK for people fleeing persecution. The BCAR settlement section assisted over 2,000 such refugees from 48 countries, mostly African, but also from the Middle East, Asia, Latin and Central America.

  • BCAR helped Ugandan Asian refugees after their expulsion from Uganda in 1972, providing housing, welfare and family reunion support.
  • The aftermath of the Chilean coup saw BCAR receive over 100 refugees, and seeing there was a need to resettle greater numbers of people, the charity set up the Joint Council for Refugees from Chile in partnership with the UK government and Christian Aid. The group’s remit was expanded to cover other South American countries and by the end of 1979 over 3,000 Latin American refugees were resettled in the UK.
  • BCAR received 5,619 out of the total of over 12,000 refugees from Vietnam and South East Asia admitted to UK, working with Save the Children, Aid to European Refugees and other agencies. Starting in 1979, around 15,000 Vietnamese refugees were resettled in the UK under the Vietnamese programme run by Ockenden Venture, Refugee Action and the Refugee Council. In 1988, an additional 500 Vietnamese refugees from Hong Kong camps were allowed to join family members in the UK.