Sixteen years of waiting for a new home finally ended Monday for 229 Vietnamese refugees who left Manila on a chartered flight for Los Angeles to join relatives resettled in the United States.
Most of the Vietnamese left their homeland after the communists defeated the South Vietnamese government in 1975. Others were allowed to leave Vietnam in the 1980s under a U.S.-sponsored program for Vietnamese whose fathers were believed to be American servicemen, and their relatives.
Last year, the United States and the Philippines announced a joint plan to offer resettlement to 1,855 Vietnamese asylum seekers living in the Philippines since 1989
Patrick Corcoran, a representative of the International Organization for Migration, which helped facilitate the transfer, said interviews by U.S. immigration officials were still continuing, but a total of 1,600 refugees were expected to be approved, reports the AP.
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea