KATHMANDU: More than half of the 120,000 Bhutanese refugees living in Nepal have been resettled in other countries, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said.
The resettlement progamme reached the 75,000 mark this week when a six year old refugee flew to a new home in Pennsylvania in the eastern United States, according to a press statement released by IOM spokesperson in Geneva,Chris Lom.
“The resettlement programme for Bhutanese refugees in Nepal has now hit the 75,000 mark and that is more than half the roughly 120,000 Bhutanese of Nepali origin who have been living in eastern Nepal for the last 20 years or so. IOM started the programme in 2007 and most of those resettled now live in the United States. Other countries which have accepted Bhutanese refugees include Australia, Canada, Denmark and New Zealand.