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More than 5,000 Bhutanese refugees resettled from Nepal with UN help

Publisher UN News Service
Publication Date 23 September 2008
Cite as UN News Service, More than 5,000 Bhutanese refugees resettled from Nepal with UN help, 23 September 2008, available at: [accessed 24 May 2016]
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Over 5,000 refugees from Bhutan have left their camps in Nepal to resettle in third countries this year, in one of the United Nations refugee agency's largest and most promising resettlement programmes.

The vast majority of the refugees have left for the United States, followed by Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Canada and Denmark, under the programme which began only this year, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Over 50,000 refugees have expressed interest in resettlement - just under half of the total 107,000 refugees from Bhutan who live in seven camps in eastern Nepal. "Some of them have been in exile for as long as 17 years," UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler told a news conference in Geneva.

Regular meetings have been held with the refugees to discuss resettlement and other durable solutions, as well as provide information for women at risk or people with disabilities.

"Refugees are being offered English classes as well as additional vocational and skill-based training to prepare for a life in a new country

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