Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997

Peter Duschinsky

Peter Duschinsky, a retired visa officer, came to Canada in 1957 at the age of 13 as an orphaned Hungarian refugee. Before joining the Foreign Service, he was the researcher, along with his wife Chris Epp Duschinsky, of John Norris’s Strangers Entertained: History of the Ethnic Groups of British Columbia, published by the BC Centennial Commission in 1971. He had foreign postings in Paris, Chicago, Cairo and Budapest. In the early 1980s he managed the resettlement of Ethiopian refugees in Canada from camps in Sudan. After the fall of communism in Europe, he helped post-communist governments establish refugee determination systems in Hungary and Russia. As director of International Liaison, he was responsible for Canada’s multilateral relations in international refugee and migration affairs between 1998 and 2001. In his last assignment before retiring he coordinated federal-provincial relations in the immigration area. He is a board member of the Canadian Immigration Historical Society.

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