Resettlement of refugees from Bhutan reaches 100,000 milestone
Kathmandu – The UN refugee agency and the International Organization for Migration today marked a major milestone in the resettlement of refugees from Bhutan in Nepal, with 100,000 people having been referred for resettlement to third countries since 2007. Nearly 80,000 of them have started new lives in eight different countries.
“Making 100,000 submissions and reaching nearly 80,000 departures are incredible achievements in the history of this refugee programme and for UNHCR,” said Diane Goodman, UNHCR Acting Representative in Nepal.
“We have been able to achieve these major milestones thanks to the generosity of the resettlement countries and our donors, the great support of the Government of Nepal, and the resilience of the refugees,” she added. “Appreciation also goes to IOM for their exemplary partnership, and to UNHCR colleagues as well as WFP and NGO partners for their hard work.”
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