KATHMANDU: The United States has so far resettled 30,000 Bhutanese refugees, with 5,000 others elsewhere during the on-going large scale resettlement of Bhutanese refugees to several countries around the world, the US Embassy in Kathmandu said on Wednesday.
“We are gratified, together with our partners, to be able to help turn an unfortunate and often painful situation into something more hopeful for these people – America’s newest residents, whom we welcome with open arms and hearts,” the statement quoted US Ambassador to Nepal Scott H. DeLisi as saying.
The statement also said the US has a policy of accepting some 75,000 refugees from around the world each year, withthe Bhutanese resettlement program being currently the third-largest resettlement operation for the United States.
Bhutanese refugees have been resettled in all 50 States and receive support from U.S. federal and state governments as well as non-governmental organisations, the statement added.
Saying that still some 75, 000 Bhutanese refugees remain in camps in southeastern Nepal, the US government continued to urge the Bhutanese government to accept the return of those persons who are eligible and wish to do so as another important component of finding durable solutions for all Bhutanese refugees in Nepal.
The United States, working with UNHCR, IOM and the other members of the Core Group that includes Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, New Zealand and the UK began resettling Bhutanese refugees in early 2008.