U.S. resettles 60,000 exiled Bhutanese


The 60,000th Bhutanese refugee departed to the U.S. from Nepal yesterday, September 4, 2012.

She is a 28-year-old woman with a husband and young daughter.  The family will start a new life in Columbus, Ohio, the US embassy in Kathmandu said.

The U.S., in close coordination with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), began resettling Bhutanese refugees residing in eastern Nepal in 2007.

Other countries participating in this resettlement program – Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom – have collectively resettled another 11,000 individuals. The U.S. is committed to considering for resettlement as many Bhutanese refugees as express interest, added the embassy’s statement.


  1. This is very encouraging stats, especially we need to applaud the magnanimity of USA for being so generous with so much to offer. USA had lived up to its promise in this effort, so have other countries. Although the gestures are encouraging but settlement of only 11,000 Bhutanese from other seven countries does not seem substantive. Perhaps the Bhutanese refugees can expect more support from other core group countries. But together this is a substantive effort shown by the international community towards the Bhutanese refugees.

    On the other hand, the resettled folks need to think of paying back to these countries by contributing to the economic productivity and community development through their dedicated employment and volunteer services. Many people are already actively involved and more can be done to repay the generosity extended to the population. It is important to remember the inspirational hopes of John F. Kennedy when he said “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”.

    All the best to our resettled Bhutanese and let us hope that all those remaining 37,000 in the camps could also be successfully settled in these countries eventually.

  2. Thanks to American people who gives us equal chances and hope for living! It is far more appreciated when my own country where I took birth makes me refugee and denied me to live in my own property.

    Thank you America! Hope you will set an example to Bhutanese Government the value of the citizens.

  3. thank u america for taking the 60,000th victim of bhutanization policy.

    however, the remaining refugees who were genuinely staying in bhutan prior to 1958 or recognized by RGoB must come back to bhutan.

    “your land,your relatives,your neighbours, mountains,rivers,forests,plains & slopes,stones & rocks,cliff & mule tracks,ponds & hotspring,your cattle,buffallo,goats,chickens,ducks,dogs & cats are all waiting for you looking towards the west for your return.they tell your names and you tell their names, they simply cannot forget you.you are the eternal owner of that land and other properties,you should not loose heart. graves of your forefathers are lying here,how can you leave them?”

    america and other countries,please help them to get back back to their country and don’t take them anywhere. they don’t say they are nepali illegal immigrant to bhutan settling in foreign land,they say bhutanese refugees resetling and continue to sing bhutanese national anthem. a bhutanses diaspora.

    in whichever country these refugees are resettled,they have made headlines. the bhutanese from bhutan staying in that country by default of study/mission/etc. always got a pinch in their heart. although there is no relationship at all.anything resettled refugees do it is in the name of bhutanese refugees, again a headline.

    thus, make maximum effort to come back and unite and touch your soil where you worked and stayed and get blessing eternally.