US largest new home for Bhutanese refugees

KATHMANDU, DEC 14 -

The resettlement of Bhuta-nese refugees in eight receiving countries has reached 40,000 since the start of the programme in Nov. 2007.

The UN Refugee Agency and the International Organization for Migration publicised a report in the Capital on Monday on the resettlement of the refugees camped in various sites in eastern Nepal in the developed countries.

According to UNHCR, United States is the largest new home for the refugees with 34,129 settled there so far. The number of the Bhutanese settled elsewhere is 2,333 in Canada, 2,168 in Australia, 498 in New Zealand, 373 in Norway, 326 in Denmark, 229 in Netherlands and 111 in the United Kingdom. “This is a tremendous achievement, which would not have been

possible without the strong support of the Government of Nepal and the countries of resettlement,” said Stephane Jaquemet, the UNHCR Representative in Nepal.

Issuing a joint press statement, UNHCR and IOM said out of some 108,000 Bhutanese refugees recorded at the start of the resettlement programme, 72,733 have remained in the seven camps in Jhapa and Morang districts. “As many as 55,000 have expressed an interest in resettlement and are expected to depart in the next four years,” the statement reads.

Posted on: 2010-12-14 08:43