Singapore Refugee Camp 1975 - 1996

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Singapore officially the Republic of Singapore, is a Southeast Asian city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. An island country made up of 63 islands

The Republic of Singapore, the second smallest country in Asia, consists of Singapore Island and several smaller adjacent islets. Singapore has an area of 693 sq km (268 sq mi). Comparatively, the area occupied by Singapore is slightly more than 3.5 times the size of Washington, D.C. Singapore Island extends 41.8 km (26 mi) ENE – WSW and 22.5 km (14 mi) SSE – NNW.

25 Hawkins Road Singapore


Between 1975 and 1979, nearly 5000 Vietnamese refugees landed in Singapore through commercial ships, who picked them up in the open seas.

Being a small nation with limited space, Singapore was the first country to stop the boat people from entering its coastlines, instead providing the refugees with food, water and fuel and turning them away. The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) cooperated with the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) in the Operation Thunderstorm to carry out this task.

By end of June 1996, the camp was officially closed after the last batch of 99 boat people, living here since 1990, were voluntarily repatriated to a more politically-stable Vietnam. Hawkins Road, which houses the refugee camp, also ceased to exist after that.

Hawkins road was between View road and Woodlands Ave 4

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