Fortieth anniversary of the Indochinese Refugee Movement to Canada
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In 1975, Canada’s largest reception and resettlement of refugees began. From then through to 1999, close to 130,000 Indochinese refugees, including some 60,000 in 1979-80 alone, came to Canada from Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos. We offer a range of information about that significant movement.
The Society proudly announces the publication of its book, ‘Running on Empty’, on the Indochinese ‘boat people’ movement under the banner of McGill Queen’s University Press.The book focuses on the work of Canadian public servants in Southeast Asia and Canada to meet an unprecedented commitment to resettle 70,000 of the refugees before the end of 1980.
McGill brochure and order form can be downloaded here.
The current issue features a variety of articles related to Canadian immigration. Thomas Tass provides a personal account of his time as Canada's first Immigration Control Officer at the Embassy of Canada in Warsaw, Poland. Gerry Maffre summarizes historical items recently donated to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Doug Dunnington shares his memories of working at Canada’s Immigration Headquarters in the late 1970s. In addition, two Lifetime Achievement Award winner citations from 2012 are reprinted with permission from Citizenship and Immigration Canada: Vu Cao and Susan Leith. The issue concludes with remembrances of former colleagues who have passed away, including Christine Foley, Brian McAdam, Ann Ratcliffe, Lyse Ricard, and Hume Smith.