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US conflict expert visits Bhutanese refugees

Hayidar Meri Roger recommended the refugees to go to the United States, which recently offered resettlement to 60,000 people.

india Updated: Jan 27, 2007 13:30 IST

An American conflict expert has met Bhutanese refugees residing in Nepal to acquire first hand information about their problems and has asked them to go to the United States for a better life.

Hayidar Meri Roger had a field trip to Sanischare refugee camp in Pathari of Morang district and met 25 Bhutanese refugees who underwent tortures in their country and took information about the hard time they experienced.

After meeting the refugees, Roger has recommended the refugees to go to the United States, which has recently offered resettlement to 60,000 refugees to help Nepal ease the refugee crisis.

The United States government would grant them green cards after six months of their departure to America, he said.

Some 107,000 Bhutanese refugees have been settling in seven camps in eastern Nepal districts since 1990s after Bhutan government forced them to leave the country under their ethnic cleansing policy.

Sixteen rounds of ministerial meetings held between Bhutan and Nepal to repatriate the refugees have failed to bring any result.