Michael Molloy – Uganda Asian Refugee Movement 1972

Michael Molloy - Uganda Asian Refugee Movement 1972Description: The 1972 Uganda Asian Refugee Movement was the first test of Canada’s “universal” immigration policy as applied to non-European refugees. This talk will examine the reasons behind General Idi Amin’s decision to expel Uganda’s small but dynamic Asian community, and the Trudeau government’s reaction to the expulsion within a new immigration and refugee policy framework. It will describe how a small, hastily assembled team went to Kampala in September 1972 and moved over 6,000 refugees to Canada by the November 8th deadline imposed by the Ugandan government. Finally, it will discuss the impact of the Ugandan experience on the refugee resettlement provisions of the 1976 Immigration Act and on the subsequent Indochinese refugee program of 1979-80.



Author: ismailimail

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  1. >>>>Very nice. I have in my book (Uganda Asians, 1488 pp, forthcoming in December) the diary of the chief of the mission (Roger St Vincent) that came to pick us up. Mr Mike Molloy was the deputy. I have summarised quite a bit from it to draw inferences about the Canadian entry criteria. At one point in 2012 Mr Molloy did write to me asking me to share some of my data with him; I did but unfortunately he never got back to me. Of course I say so, but my book reveals lots more, not just about the Canadian intake but also USA and UK’s and why the expulsion happened – it was the Economy, S! Roles played by H H the Aga Khan and UNHCR (chief: Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan) come through clearly. I am working to bring it out in December at a fanfare launch in Uganda and by the sheer size of it it has to make an i-m-p-a-c-t. If it fell on you it’d leave a lasting impact. It’s a very representative book and all communities are going to be happy with it, not just Ismailis.<<<<


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