Canada to take in additional 1,000 Bhutanese refugees


Canada has announced that it would take in additional 1,000 Bhutanese refugees. Canada had earlier taken in 5,000 Bhutanese refugees. The Canadian government had earlier pledged to bring in 5,000 Bhutanese refugees from Nepal in 2007. In 2012, Canada decided to bring in 500 Bhutanese refugees from Nepal.

According to government officials, Canada will select 1,000 refugees over two years. The International Organization of Migration (IOM) has reported that 75,000 Bhutanese refugees have left Nepal as of December 2012.  63,400 refugees were resettled in the United States, 3,837 in Austrial, 724 in Denmark, 710 in New Zealand, 326 in the Netherlands, 546 in Norway, and 257 in the United Kingdom (257).

The Bhutanese refugees left Bhutan in the early 1990s following ethnic tensions. They were living in refugees camps in Nepal for the past two decades. The refugee crisis could not be resolved due to lack of assistance from India.

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news source: Republica

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