60,000 Bhutanese from Nepal resettled in US

60,000 Bhutanese from Nepal resettled in US

As many as 60,000 Bhutanese refugees have been resettled in the US from Nepal where they had taken refuge in the 1990s after being forced out of their country.

On September 4, the 60,000th Bhutanese refugee, departed from Nepal to the US. The 28-year-old woman will start a new life in Columbus, Ohia, with her husband and young daughter, said a statement from the US Embassy here.

The US, in close coordination with the International Organisation for Migration, began resettling Bhutanese refugees residing in eastern Nepal in 2007. Besides the US, which has accepted 60,000 refugees, some 11,000 have already settled in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, New Zealand, and the UK, as part of the third country resettlement programme initiated in 2007 in association with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Over 100,000 Nepali-speaking Bhutanese refugees have been residing in various camps of eastern Nepal since early 1990s after the Bhutan government introduced the “One Nation One People” policy to resurrect the Bhutanese cultural identity.

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