REFUGEES: Getting a Foot On the Ladder

A few months ago, Fort Chaffee was the ninth largest city in Arkansas. Just before Christmas, 25 Vietnamese men, women and children boarded an army bus and headed for Tennessee, reducing the Fort's refugee population to zero. Three other resettlement camps, through which more than 130,000 Indo-Chinese refugees passed, are also virtual ghost towns. This week, the first phase of the $500 million-plus resettlement effort officially came to an end.

For many of the Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees who fled to the U.S. when their governments collapsed last April, the problems are...

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