Rising Nepal ９月８日
Kathmandu, Sept. 8 - The United Nations (UN) refugee agency and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Tuesday announced that over 20,000 refugees from Bhutan have left camps in Nepal for resettlement in third countries since the beginning of the programme in November 2007.
The United States has accepted the largest numbers – 17,612, many of whom have resettled in the US states of Texas, New York, Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and California.
Departures to Australia total 846, Canada 674, Norway 299, New Zealand 294, Denmark 172, and the Netherlands 122, the UNHCR stated.
"IOM has an established infrastructure and trained professionals to facilitate the departure of 2,000 refugees every month. We anticipate more than 25,000 refugees will depart Nepal by the end of this year," said Sarat Dash, IOM Chief of Mission in Nepal.
Currently, there are some 91,000 refugees from Bhutan living in seven camps in eastern Nepal; some have been in exile for as long as 18 years. So far, more than 78,000 refugees have already expressed their interest for resettlement.
Alongside the international community, UNHCR continues to advocate for the option of voluntary return to Bhutan for those refugees who wish to do so, the press release stated.