ownership and/or having the ability to operate a boat.
you're not boat people, why would you even think about borrowing my boat?
Used to describe korean immigrants who use to migrate to America on boats, which was met with hostility as all immigrants usually from asia are... you may or may not remember a reality show on which a non-racist girl heatedly called a korean guy "a fresh off the boat f*cking korean immigrant." <--- bad woman.
Lordie, lordie Helena this place is filled with boat people, lets leave!
a refo; one who arrives to Australia packed 600 to a tinny and then puts their hand out for a dole cheque
bloody boat people are clogging up all the dole queues and eating all the dogs
People who do not conduct themselves within the social norms.
i.e., as if they lived on a boat for a period in their lives when one learns how to interact with others in a non-awkward fashion.
-"why would he say something like that? He's so wierd."
--"totally awkward. what a boat person."