On January 23rd 2016, over 200 people attended the “Ugandan Asian Archives Road Show” hosted by Carleton University at the S. Walter Stewart Library in Toronto.
The event in Toronto featured the entire collection from the Ugandan Asian Refugee Archives housed at Carleton University.
By Shezan Muhammedi for ARC at Carleton University Library: Members of the Ugandan Asian refugee community that came to Canada in the 1970s, after being expelled from their homeland by the military tyrant Idi Amin, filled the library’s auditorium beyond its capacity. The former president of Uganda had accused the Ugandans of South Asian descent of economic sabotage and a failure to integrate socially with African Ugandans. He also asserted that God had come to him in a dream and advised him to expel the Asians. They were given just ninety days to leave the country and were only permitted to take one suitcase and roughly 143 Canadian dollars with them.
Responding to the expulsion, the Canadian government resettled approximately 8,000 Ugandan Asian refugees in Canada between 1972 and 1974. An immigration team was sent directly to Kampala, Uganda to screen people and issue visas. Attendees included those who came directly from Uganda and others who were admitted to Canada subsequently from refugee camps in Europe.
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