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Canada to welcome 1,000 additional Bhutanese refugees

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Canada will welcome up to 1,000 additional Bhutanese refugees from Nepal, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced on March 27.

““Canada has a longstanding tradition of assisting refugees and welcomes one in 10 refugees resettled globally, more than almost any other country in the world,”” said Minister Kenney. ““We recognize the importance of family reunification in this process, and resettling refugees who already have family in Canada will help them adjust much faster and more easily.””

Minister Jason Kenney (Picture courtesy: Citizenship and Immigration Canada)

Bhutanese refugees have been living in seven camps in eastern Nepal since the early 1990s. Canada, along with Australia, Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway the United States and the United Kingdom, are resettling many of these refugees.

In May 2007, the Government of Canada announced that it would resettle up to 5,000 Bhutanese refugees over five years. In June 2012, the Government committed to resettling 500 more Bhutanese refugees who have family connections in Canada. Today’s announcement of an additional 1,000 Bhutanese refugees will bring the total number to 6,500. To date, 5,000 have already resettled in Canada.

““We welcome the Government’s decision to resettle more Bhutanese refugees,”” said Furio De Angelis, the Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Canada. ““By working in partnership with other countries, Canada has helped refugees who have been living in camps for more than two decades find a new home and start their lives anew.””

The additional 1,000 Bhutanese refugees will be selected over two years. The next scheduled visit to the camps is April 2013 and some of the selected refugees are expected to arrive in Canada before the end of this year.

““Canada is committed to working with the international community to find long-term solutions for refugees, and we are pleased to be able to resettle these Bhutanese refugees, many of whom have been living in camps for decades,”” added Minister Kenney.

Canada already has one of the world’s most generous resettlement programs in the world, welcoming one in 10 refugees resettled worldwide. Based on 2010 figures, the government has committed to increase the total number of refugees it plans to resettle up to 20 per cent by 2013. Canada has also increased resettlement funding to refugees by 20 per cent to help them settle and integrate quickly.

Canada’s commitment to helping those in need of protection extends to refugees from many nations. Canada recently announced that it would resettle up to 5,000 Iraqi and Iranian refugees in Turkey. In addition, the Government remains committed to the resettling 20,000 Iraqi refugees who had fled to Syria.

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  1. Hi so called leaders,

    Now you all should support poorest of poor among the refugees (living in the camps) to get this opportunity at any cost.
    The self styled leaders like, Rizal,Adhikari, Basnet,Subba,Rai,
    Budhathoki,Gzamer etc should feel shy to represent Bhutanese refugee in international forum.

  2. The place where we took birth, the place we serve, and the place where we birth of first air denied us, and a country far from us is accepting us as like we have intimate bond. Shame on you Bhutanese government.

  3. It is not just GESTURE but practical ACTION of goodness (beyond measure) on the part of USA, Australia and CANADA to stand with the deprived citizens of GNH nation that were victimized at home. Their wealth/properties and rights were confiscated from them as punishment for raising the voice for change against unjust carnages. They are criminalized for showing themselves on other side of austere state policy of uniculturalism. Though what they meant was just nominal, limited to HUMAN RIGHTS and representative government of the people under the generosity of constitutional Monarchy, (which was thought as solution to keep madness of some vulgar northern officers in check for expecting the bliss of sexual carnage as a right to be levied from people while on duty among the public…) the message was interpreted beyond proportion as a bid for SEIZING of the NATION by extra terrestrial forces acting alien to the national culture in place for ages!
    But the other end of the world acted with favour feeling the pain of the conscious strangers stung by the dragon at home. The community of beneficiary owes incalculable gratitude to the benign humanitarian actions of the international community for standing with the people in need.

    Ram Bahadur Lamchanay Gurung seems to be at choler against the so called “leaders” that by default became so bearing the voice of the voiceless co-victims. The people, including the much chided leaders that were not the cause of the problem would accept him with gratitude if he offered himself to lead them with discretion and vision to the desired destination of landing them back to their hearths and homes. Constant rebukes and attacks from him and his type against them however make look of the number that divided spoils with the victor that now celebrates the gains of easy booty. That is what appears for the conscienceless rebukes showering against the representatives of people that propagate firsthand the causes of the humanitarian crimes of epic proportion they endured as victims…

  4. It is not just GESTURE but practical ACTION of goodness (beyond measure) on the part of USA, Australia and CANADA to stand with the deprived citizens of GNH nation that were victimized at home. Their wealth/properties and rights were confiscated from them as punishment for raising the voice for change against unjust carnages. They are criminalized for showing themselves on other side of austere state policy of uniculturalism. Though what they meant was just nominal, limited to HUMAN RIGHTS and representative government of the people under the generosity of constitutional Monarchy, (which was thought as solution to keep madness of some vulgar northern officers in check for expecting the bliss of sexual carnage as a right to be levied from people while on duty among the public…) the message was interpreted beyond proportion as a bid for SEIZING of the NATION by extra terrestrial forces acting alien to the national culture in place for ages!
    But the other end of the world acted with favour feeling the pain of the conscious strangers stung by the dragon at home. The community of beneficiary owes incalculable gratitude to the benign humanitarian actions of the international community for standing with the people in need.

    Ram Bahadur Lamchanay Gurung seems to be at choler against the so called “leaders” that by default became so bearing the voice of the voiceless co-victims. The people, including the much chided leaders that were not the cause of the problem would accept him with gratitude if he offered himself to lead them with discretion and vision to the desired destination of landing them back to their hearths and homes. Constant rebukes and attacks from him and his type against them however makes him look of the number that divided spoils with the victor, raising the voice of celebrating the gains of easy booty.
    That is what appears from rebukes against the representatives of people, in the manner of consciencelessness. The leaders however propagated firsthand the causes of the humanitarian crimes of epic proportion they endured as victims at home now known to people of the whole world. Hats up to your feeble efforts that bore fruits in succoring the victims of state repression…

  5. Those in Canada with Bhutanese background welcome this move whole-heatedly and appreciate the kind gesture on the part of the Canadian government. This is testimony to the commitment to humanity and human dignity that Canada upholds as enshrined in its Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom. Canadians value its commitment to humanity through such gestures like this.

    Minister Kenney is also aware of the positive contribution that settled Bhutanese are making in this country and probably that may be one of the contributing factors in helping Canada make this decision.

    Personally, I endorse Canadian Government’s gesture and it demonstrates its vision and commitment to respecting the condition and rights of refugee population. We should be able to do more if our resources permit but even the small step is a symbolic gesture in the right direction.