Michael James Molloy
Adjunct Research Professor
|Degrees:||BA (Hon) History, Notre Dame University of Nelson: Graduate studies, University of Saskatchewan|
A career foreign service officer, Mike Molloy has 35 years of experience in international and refugee affairs and served in Japan, Lebanon, Minnesota, Geneva, Jordan (twice), Syria and Kenya. In 1972 he helped bring 6000 Ugandan Asians to Canada. He led the implementation of the refugee provisions of the 1976 Immigration Act including the refugee sponsorship program, the designated classes, the WUSC student refugee program and the annual refugee planning process. Between 1979 and 1980 he coordinated the resettlement of 60,000 Indochinese refugees. He served as Counsellor for Humanitarian Affairs at the Canadian Mission in Geneva and managed immigration operations in Jordan, Syria and East Africa. Following Director General level assignments in Ottawa and Toronto he was appointed Ambassador to Jordan (1996-2000) and was Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (2000 to 2003). He is president of the Canadian Immigration Historical Society and an honorary Senior Fellow at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. Since retirement in 2003 he co-directed the decade long Jerusalem Old City Initiative at the Munk Center and the University of Windsor. As a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa he taught courses on the Middle East Peace Process and the evolution of Canada’s refugee resettlement policies and programs. As President of the Canadian Immigration Historical Society he initiated the establishment of the Uganda Asian online archive at Carleton University’s library/archives and is currently involved with Hearts of Freedom, a project to collect and analyse oral histories of Indochinese refugees at Carleton’s Social Work faculty.
- Immigration policy
- Refugee policy
- Refugee resettlement programs and processes
- Humanitarian immigration
- Post arrival refugee programs and experience.
- Middle East current affairs
Running on Empty: Canada and the Indochinese Refugees 1975-1980 with Peter Duschinsky, Kurt Jensen and Robert Shalka. McGill Queens University Press, April 2017.
Track Two Diplomacy and Jerusalem: The Jerusalem Old City Initiative, (co-editor with Dr. Tom Najm, Michael Bell and John Bell). Routledge, London, 2017.
Governance and Security in Jerusalem: The Jerusalem Old City Initiative, (co-editor with Dr. Tom Najm, Michael Bell and John Bell)). Routledge, London, 2017
Contested Sites in Jerusalem: The Jerusalem Old City Initiative, (co-editor with Dr. Tom Najm, Michael Bell and John Bell)). Routledge, London, 2017.
“Effecting Change: Civil Servants and Refugee Policy in 1970s Canada”. with Laura Madokoro. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees. Vol.33, No. 1, 2017
“The Palestinian Refugee Issue: Intangible Needs and Moral Acknowledgement” with John Bell, Nicole Waintraub and Ian Anderson in Forced Migration, Reconciliation and Justice, ed, Megan Bradly. McGill Queens University Press, 2015.
“Intangible Needs, Moral Acknowledgement and the Palestinian Refugee Issue” with John Bell, Nicole Waintraub and Ian Anderson in The Palestinian Refugee Problem: The Search for a Resolution, ed. Brynen and El-Rifai. Pluto Press, London, 2014.
“Crisis Decision Making in Canadian Foreign Policy: Diplomatic Representation in the Levant” with Michael Bell. International Journal, Vol 68, 2013.
Proposals for the Old City of Jerusalem with Michael Bell, John Bell and Dr. Tom Najem. Department of Political Science, University of Windsor, 2010.
“Forgotten Refugees: the 1956 Palestinian Refugee Movement to Canada.” Bulletin of the Canadian Immigration Historical Society #56, September 2009 and #58, May 2010.
Humanitarian Intervention and the Middle East (with Dr. Peter Jones) UCLA Center for Middle East Development, Los Angeles, 2008.
The Jerusalem Old City Initiative Discussion Document: New Directions for Deliberation and Dialogue. Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, 2005.
Refuge, Canada’s Journal on Refugees “The Indochinese Refugee Movement and the Launch of Canada’s Private Sponsorship Program” Vol. 32, no.2, 2016
Conferences Organized and Chaired:
Flight to Freedom: The Canadian Refugee Experience since 1957, St. Paul University 2017
The Indochinese Refugee Movement and the Launch of Canada’s Private Sponsorship Program, a conference and two workshops, York University, Centre for Refugee Studies, November 2013.
Canada – The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal
Jordan – Order of Al-Istiqal (Independence)
Association of Professional Executive Officers (APEX), Career Contribution Award (2003)
2017 Senate Sesquicentennial Medal