The Sorry Saga of Bhutan's North

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

About 19,300 more resettled in third countries

Another 19,300 or so people from the refugee camps in Nepal have been resettled in “third countries” over the last year.
This takes the total number of people, who have been resettled, to 65,000 as of May this year.
Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley, while presenting the state of the nation report to the joint sitting of Parliament yesterday, said United States alone took in about 54,000.
About 4,673 were resettled in Canada, 3,492 in Australia, 621 in Denmark, 653 in New Zealand, 509 in Norway, another 509 in The Netherlands and about 224 in the United Kingdom.
Lyonchhoen said, despite the intention, resuming bilateral talks on the subject with the government of Nepal did not transpire, because of the political instability in Nepal.
“The royal government is deeply grateful to the core group of countries, led by the US, for the compassion and generosity with which they continue to resettle the people in the refugee camps in Nepal,” he said.
Lyonchhoen said those, who have been resettled in the eight countries, sent heart-warming reports of having found a new and dignified life of hope and confidence in the future.
About 45,686 people were resettled in the US and other countries till the end of May 2011.
During the third annual state of the nation report presentation to the seventh session of the Parliament last year, prime minister said the issue of the people in the refugee camps “remains the biggest political, social and security challenge for Bhutan”.
By Kesang Dema

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