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Public Lecture marks 40th anniversary of Ugandan Asian refugee movement

Oct 16/12

The Balsillie School for International Affairs and Laurier's International Migration Research Centre welcomes Mike Molloy for a public lecture: 40th Anniversary: The Ugandan Asian Refugee Movement 1972 October 17 at 4:30 p.m. at the Balsillie School.

Molloy is the president of the Canadian Immigration Historical Society and a senior fellow at the University of Ottawa's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

The 1972 Uganda Asian Refugee movement was the first test of Canada's "universal" immigration policy as applied to refugees. The talk will examine the reasons behind General Idi Amin's decision to expel Uganda's Asian community, and the Trudeau government's reaction to the expulsion within a new immigration and refugee policy framework. 

Molloy is a retired Foreign Service Officer. He was a member of the team sent to Uganda in September,1972 to manage the unit that processed refugees. His subsequent career included implementing the refugee provisions of the 1976 Immigration Act, including the refugee sponsorship program; coordinating the 1979-80 Indochinese Refugee movement, and managing Canada's relations with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva.

He held various director general level positions in the Immigration Department, was Ambassador to Jordan and coordinated Canada's Middle East Peace Process activities. In the course of his career he served in Japan, Lebanon, Minneapolis, Geneva, Jordan (twice), Syria and Kenya.

Since retirement, Molloy has co-directed the Jerusalem Old City Initiative at the University of Windsor.

The public lecture takes place Wednesday, October 17 at 4:30 p.m. in room 1-43 at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, 67 Erb St. W, Waterloo.

For more information contact:
Margaret Walton-Roberts: Associate Director, International Migration Research Centre,


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