More than 11,000 Amerasians and their relatives have left Vietnam for the United States under a special program, the U.S. Embassy said Wednesday.

The most recent group consisted of 78 people who arrived in Bangkok from Ho Chi Minh City on Monday, the embassy said.

Since the U.N.-sponsored Orderly Departure Program began in September 1982, a total of 11,058 Vietnamese-American children and their relatives have left Vietnam, the embassy said.

An unknown number of others have fled the country as refugees.

An estimated 8,000 to 12,000 other Amerasians still are living in Vietnam and the program to relocate those who want to live in the United States continues.

Most Amerasians spend less than a week in Bangkok before going on to a refugee center in the Philippines for English-language training and orientation to life in the United States. Others go directly to the United States.

In most cases, the Amerasians are the offspring of U.S. servicemen and civilians and Vietnamese women. Usually, the Americans left their Vietnamese families behind.