Ambassador Bodde Commends Government of Nepal, UNHCR and IOM Partnership on Bhutanese Resettlement Program

Ambassador Bodde Commends Government of Nepal, UNHCR and IOM Partnership on Bhutanese Resettlement Program

April 26, 2013, 5:45 p.m.

Ambassador Peter Bodde commemorated the 80,000th Bhutanese refugee to depart for third-country resettlement, today.  Since December 2007, when third-country resettlement started, more than 66,000 Bhutanese refugees have emigrated to the United States, settling in nearly all the fifty states, with the remainder settling in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom.  The Ambassador praised the government of Nepal for its generosity in hosting over a hundred thousand refugees over the last twenty years, noting the excellent coordination between the government, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).  Finally, the Ambassador commended the refugees themselves for their resilience and courage in choosing to start a new life overseas.

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