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Pulau Galang or Galang, is a small island belonging to a group of three islands called Barelang.(abbreviation of Batam-Rempang-Galang) A member of the Riau Archipelago, Indonesia, Galang is located just south of Singapore and Johore. The nearest city to Galang is Tanjung Pinang, situated about half hour boat ride. There was a UNHCR's main administration office to run Galang Refugee Camp during the period of 1979-1996 where many Vietnamese Boat People and asylum seekers were temporarily accommodated during the determination of their refugee status and their subsequent resettlement in the USA, Australia and other European Countries.

Galang Refugee Camp is situated in Pulau Galang, Indonesia to accommodate Indochinese Refugees from 1979 to 1996. The camp was closed seven years after the Comprehensive Plan Of Action was adopted. Most boat people who arrived in Galang are transferred from other islands like Natuna, Tarempa, Anambas. Galang has many facilities and offices like camp administration (P3V) office, PMI (Red Cross Hospital) and UNHCR offices/staff premises. Many non-government organisations like Save the Children and Ecoles Sans Frontières also opened their schools in the camp. Most refugees stayed in wooden long houses or makeshift accommodation. Their main activities in the camp were to study English and other languages or vocational skills while waiting for the result of the procedure to determine their refugees status and resettlement in other countries.

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