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Michael J. Molloy

Michael J. Molloy is Canada’s former Ambassador to Jordan, involved in refugee affairs throughout his long career. He led the implementation of the refugee provisions of the 1976 Immigration Act I and participated in designing the private refugee sponsorship program and the Indochinese Designated Class. He subsequently coordinated the resettlement of 60,000 Indochinese refugees in 1979/80. Molloy’s career included assignments in Tokyo, Beirut, Minneapolis, Geneva, Amman (twice), Damascus and Nairobi. He was involved in the Czechoslovakian and Ugandan Asian refugee movements. As special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process he spent several years working on the Palestinian Refugee issue. After retirement he co-directed the Jerusalem Old City Initiative, exploring potential solutions to the conflict of Jerusalem’s old city. He is president of the Canadian Immigration Historical Society, Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and a frequent commentator on refugee affairs in the media.

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