Nepal | August 13, 2020

Where in US, elsewhere Bhutanese refugees from Nepal resettled to

KESHAV P. KOIRALA
Share Now:
Click the marker to see figures

KESHAV P. KOIRALA
KATHMANDU: 
As many as 92,323 Bhutanese refugees made it to the United States under the third country resettlement programme before February 3, when the temporary ban on the refugee resettlement programme came into effect, the US government records showed. They are hosted by 41 states.

Data extracted from the US Refugee Processing Center’s Worldwide Refugee Admissions Procession System revealed that 154 Bhutanese refugees arrived in eight US states after President Donald Trump signed the executive order on January 27.

A total of 462 individuals landed in the country in January and 52 in February. The number stood at 5,974 last year.

More than 85 per cent of 1,08,513 Bhutanese refugees, who were taken outside Nepal for third-country resettlement after the programme was introduced in 2007/2008, have made the US their new home.


Click the marker to see figures

Other seven countries accepted the remaining refugees.

Canada hosted 6,773, Australia 6,204, New Zealand 1,075, Denmark 875, Norway 570, the United Kingdom 358 and the Netherlands 329, according to the UNHCR Nepal.

Meanwhile, arrangements in Nepal to send more refugees, who were already screened and selected for resettlement, were put on hold in the wake of Trump’s executive order that suspended the refugee resettlement programme for 120 days and entry of travellers from seven Muslim countries.

It is said that around 2,000 UNHCR-registered Bhutanese refugees, who were identified as in need of resettlement and had expressed their interest prior to June 30, 2014, had been considered eligible for processing by the US government in the fiscal year 2017.

Though the presidential order got suspended by a US court, it is uncertain whether and when the ones who are in the pipeline for resettlement would be sent to the US from refugee camps in eastern Nepal.

Thousands of Nepali-speaking Bhutanese, dubbed Lhotsampas, were forced to leave Bhutan in the late 1980s and early 1990s due to the state-sponsored discrimination and ethnic tension. More than 1,08,000 of them took refuge in the eastern Nepal.

It is believed that several thousand others are living in Nepal and India without  the UNHCR recognition.

Notwithstanding the introduction of third court resettlement, thousands have expressed their will to return home. Bhutan,  however, has shown its reluctance to take them back from Nepal.

READ ALSO


@keshuvko



Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Party virus more dangerous than COVID, says CM Gurung

POKHARA, AUGUST 11 Gandaki Province chief minister Prithvisubba Gurung has said that more than the coronavirus it was the virus inside the party that had created trouble. Speaking at the 21st anniversary and award-distribution programme organised by the Federation of Nepalese Indigenous Nation Read More...

Worldwide virus cases top 20 million, doubling in six weeks

It took six months for the world to reach 10 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus. It took just over six weeks for that number to double. The worldwide count of known COVID-19 infections climbed past 20 million on Monday, with more than half of them from just three countries: the US, India Read More...

Coronavirus vaccine: Russia ahead on track, who is next?

KATHMANDU: Over 150 vaccines are being developed and tested around the world to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, of which 28 are in human clinical trials, according to the World Health Organization. Meanwhile, Russia has become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 Read More...

Former Mayor of Janakpur passes away in Lalitpur, was diagnosed with Covid-19

JANAKPURDHAM: Former Mayor of Janakpur Krishna Giri, who had contracted Coronavirus infection, has passed away. Giri breathed his last at Lalitpur based Mediciti Hospital on Tuesday night. According to sources, Giri, 72 had pre-existing heart condition. He was brought to Kathmandu for treatmen Read More...

Children in Beirut suffer from trauma after deadly blast

BEIRUT: When the huge explosion ripped through Beirut last week, it shattered the glass doors near where 3-year-old Abed Itani was playing with his Lego blocks. He suffered a head injury and cuts on his tiny arms and feet, and he was taken to the emergency room, where he sat amid other bleeding peop Read More...

Asia's World Cup qualifiers postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19

Qualifying matches in Asia for the 2022 Qatar World Cup have been postponed until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic, world governing body FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation said in a statement on Wednesday. The second round of Asian qualifiers were originally scheduled to take Read More...

Outcry in Somalia as new bill would allow child marriage

JOHANNESBURG: An outcry is rising in Somalia as parliament considers a bill that would allow child marriage once a girl’s sexual organs mature and would allow forced marriage as long as the family gives their consent. The bill is a dramatic reworking of years of efforts by civil society to brin Read More...

Coronavirus found on Ecuador shrimps in China, state media says

BEIJING: A city in China's eastern Anhui province found the novel coronavirus on the packaging of shrimps from Ecuador, state media reported on Wednesday, in the latest instance of the virus being detected on imported products. The coronavirus was found on the outer packaging of frozen shrimps Read More...