'Over 5,000 Bhutanese refugees from Nepal resettled'
More than 5,000 refugees have left their camps in Nepal to resettle in different countries this year, in one of the UN refugee agency's most promising resettlement programmes.world Updated: Sep 24, 2008 12:50 IST
More than 5,000 refugees from Bhutan have left their camps in Nepal to resettle in different 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 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.
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," Spindler said.