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Running on Empty : Canada and the Indochinese Refugees, 1975-1980 (Paperback) (Michael J. Molloy & Peter
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The Indochinese refugee crisis, which began with the fall of Saigon in April 1975, resulted in the largest and most ambitious refugee resettlement effort in Canada’s history. Running on Empty presents the challenges and successes of this bold refugee resettlement program. It traces the actions of a few dozen men and women who traveled to seventy remote refugee camps, worked long days in humid conditions, subsisted on dried noodles and green tea, and sometimes slept on their worktables while rats scurried around them ? all in order to resettle thousands displaced by war and oppression. After initially accepting 7,000 refugees from camps in Guam, Hong Kong, and military bases in the US in 1975, Canada passed the 1976 Immigration Act to establish new refugee procedures and introduce private refugee sponsorship. In July of 1979, the federal government under Prime Minister Joe Clark announced that Canada would accept an unprecedented 50,000 ? later increased to 60,000 ? refugees, more than half of whom would be sponsored by ordinary Canadians. Running on Empty presents gripping first-hand accounts of the government officials tasked with selecting refugees from eight different countries, receiving and matching them with sponsors and helping churches, civic organizations and groups of neighbours to receive and integrate the newcomers in cities, towns, and rural communites across Canada. Timely and inspiring, Running on Empty offers essential lessons for governments, organizations, and individuals trying to come to grips with refugee crises in the twenty-first century.
Number of Pages: 582
Genre: Political Science, History
Series Title: Mcgill-queen's Studies in Ethnic History Series Two
Publisher: McGill Queens Univ
Author: Michael J. Molloy & Peter Duschinsky & Kurt F. Jensen & Robert J. Shalka
Street Date: April 14, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-28-9094
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