Bhutanese refugees seek repatriationBhutanese refugees unwilling to resettle in a third country have requested the Nepal government to take an initiative to send them back home.
Bhutanese refugees unwilling to resettle in a third country have requested the Nepal government to take an initiative to send them back home.
At a press conference organised in Damak, Jhapa, on Saturday, Chairman of
the Bhutanese Refugee Repatriation Committee Bhampa Rai appealed to the Nepal government to coordinate with Bhutan for their repatriation.
Nepal has hosted over 100,000 Bhutanese refugees since early 1990s in seven camps in eastern Nepal.
After a large-scale third-country resettlement under way since 2007, as many as 15,000 refugees remain back in the camps.
Rai said many refugees face psychological problems as a result of being separated from their family members, most of whom now live in the United States.
Secretary of Beldangi Camp Sanchahang Limbu expressed his fears that
there would be no one to
take care of them after their children chose to resettle oversees.'