The Deputy High Commissioner of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), T. Alexander Aleinikoff, has arrive in Kathmandu on Tuesday, 12 June for a four-day mission, his first official visit to Nepal.
While in Nepal, he is expected to meet the Prime Minister of Nepal, Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bijay Kumar Gacchedar, high level government officials, head of UN Agencies, ambassadors, and UNHCR’s NGO partners, said a statement issued by the Kathmandu-based UNHCR’s office earlier today.
“On Wednesday, Aleinikoff will travel to the Beldangi refugee camp in Jhapa district and on Thursday to the Sanischare refugee camp in Morang district in eastern Nepal in order to meet with the refugees from Bhutan and get a firsthand view of their situation. He will also be observing UNHCR’s activities for the refugees, including the resettlement program,” said the statement.
Before leaving Nepal, Aleinikoff will hold a press conference on Friday, 15 June, according to the UNHCR.
A major resettlement programme is underway for the refugees from Bhutan. So far, more than 65,000 refugees from Bhutan have left their camps in Nepal to begin a new life in third countries. Some 48,600 remain in the camps, compared to about 108,000 before the programme began. Among the remaining population, over 38,000 persons have already declared an interest in resettlement.