20,000 Bhutanese resettled so far

Just a little over 40,000 to go (we committed to 60,000 over 5 years). 

Most have come to the United States* according to this blog that appears to be affiliated with the UN:

Over 20,000 refugees from Bhutan have left Nepal to embark on fresh lives in third countries as part of one of the largest resettlement schemes of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The 20,000th refugee was eight-year-old Sita Budhathoki, who left Nepal yesterday with her parents and siblings for Des Moines, Iowa, in the United States, agency spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told reporters in Geneva today.

 The US has taken in the lion’s share of Bhutanese refugees, with over 17,000 resettled in the North American nation to date. They have also moved to countries such as Australia, Canada, Norway, New Zealand and Denmark.

The programme to resettle refugees – who had fled ethnic tensions in Bhutan in the early 1990s – in seven camps in eastern Nepal kicked off in November 2007.

* The Bhutanese are the third largest group to be resettled in the US this fiscal year.  Iraq is number one and Burma is number two, here.

Update:  We get a mention over at National Review Online, here.

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