Arizona, June 3: Manorath Khanal, who chairs the Bhutanese Community in Arizona (BCA), has been selected to participate in Refugees Resettlement Consultations to be held on June 7 and 8 this month in Washington D.C.
The consultation program of Office of Refugee Resettlement marks its 30th anniversary this year garnering community refugee leaders and other stakeholders from various States of America.
It is reportedly learnt that some other resettled exiled Bhutanese are also being selected from different parts of United States, however, BNS is yet to receive their names.
”It is a matter of pride that International Rescue Committee (IRC) which has been looking after resettled refugees here selected me along with six others from various countries for this program,” Khanal told Bhutan News Service over telephone.”The IRC is sponsoring all participants from Arizona”, he added.
“The selection was made based on my contributions to our community members through BCA,” he responded to a BNS query.
From his involvement with the community works since two years, Khanal has felt that America has old immigration policies due to which refugees resettling there do not get sufficient benefits prior to becoming self-reliant economically.
“The aid basket for resettling refugees has been getting smaller each year,” Khanal said promising to raise these issues during the consultations in Washington D.C.
Back in Nepal, Khanal served his community as a secretary of Beldangi-II Extension Camp. He reached Arizona two years ago through the third country resettlement program.