KATHMANDU: The United States of America has resettled as many as 60,000 Bhutanese refugees in her country so far.
A 28-year-old woman with a husband and young daughter departed to the U.S. from Nepal yesterday as the 60,000th Bhutanese refugee. The family will start a new life in Columbus, Ohio, said American Embassy in Kathmandu in a statement issued today.
The U.S., in close coordination with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), began resettling Bhutanese refugees residing in eastern Nepal in 2007.
Other countries participating in this resettlement program - Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom – have collectively resettled another 11,000 individuals.
The U.S. is committed to considering resettlement for those Bhutanese refugee who express interest.