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UNHCR begins out-camp census of Bhutanese refugees

world Updated: Apr 13, 2007 11:32 IST
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The United Nations refugee agency will begin the out-camp census of Bhutanese refugees residing in eastern Nepal districts from April 20.

The out-camp census of the Bhutanese refugees will begin at Khudunabari camp in Jhapa district and end at Sanischare camp on May 11, a statement issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.

The Nepal government and the UN refugees agency will jointly conduct the census. The registration of those refugees who are residing inside the camp has already been completed.

There are an estimated 107,000 Bhutanese refugees in Nepal.

Sixteen rounds of ministerial talks between Nepal and Bhutan have failed to reach an agreement between the two countries on repatriating the refugees.

The US government recently offered to take up to 60,000 refugees to America. Though many refugees have welcomed the move and termed it as a golden opportunity, Bhutanese leader Tek Nath Rijal has disapproved of the idea.

Nepal government has said it has no objection if any country is ready to provide resettlement to them.