40th Anniversary Lecture: Ugandan Asian Refugee Movement 1972

Canadian Immigration Historical Society President Mike Molloy lectured on the 1972 Ugandan Asian refugee movement at Ontario universities in Ontario in October, 2012 (Ottawa, Carleton, Windsor, Western, Laurier, McMaster, York, Ryerson and Toronto). The 1972 Uganda Asian Refugee movement was the first test of Canada’s “Universal” immigration policy as applied to refugees. The talk examined the reasons behind General Idi Amin’s decision to expel Uganda’s small but dynamic Asian commu... Read more.

Uganda Refugee Movement 40th Anniversary

Forty years ago this August the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin announced the expulsion of most of Uganda’s Asian population. Canada responded by sending a team to Kampala under the leadership of Roger St. Vincent and setting up a special reception facility at Canadian Forces Longue Pointe. Between 6 September and 6 November 1972 the Kampala team selected and transported over 6000 people to Canada. CIHS is working with Carleton University, Ottawa to preserve and make publicly available an importa... Read more.

Indochinese Refugee Book Project

The Indochinese Refugee crisis which began with the fall of Saigon in April 1975 resulted in Canada’s largest resettlement operation. Books and studies on this event focus on the experiences of the refugees or on the groups that sponsored them. The herculean task of selecting the refugees in camps from Macau and Hong Kong, to the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, ensuring they met health and security requirements, transporting them to Canada, matching them with sponsor... Read more.

CIHS Website

We are upgrading our communication capacity via the Website.

We are hoping that the new website will allow us to reach more potential members, contributors and new partners in the Canadian immigration and refugee memory business.

We welcome feedback in regard to the website and our Society.

CIHS-Pathways to Prosperity Partnership video project

CIHS and Pathways to Prosperity (P2P) have  launched an on-line video interview series.  They which provides an oral history of immigration related by insiders involved in the political and policy decisions through to program development and operational logistics. The first videos, Reflections from the Past, feature three one hour interviews and a group panel discussion with Michael Molloy, Raphael Girard, and Gerry Van Kessel.  They were Directors-General, responsible for refugee policy, ... Read more.

Re-publishing of CIHS articles

CIHS has come to agreements with Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s “Insider” newsletter and the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers’ award winning magazine “Bout de Papier” to re-publish selected articles from the Bulletin. So far the “Insider” has reprinted Jim Humphries’ series on the creation of CAIPS (Bulletins 59, 60 and 61) and “Bout” is planning a series of features on the immigration program.