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US exceeds original goal—admits over 60,000 “Bhutanese refugees” since 2007

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 14, 2012

Nevermind that the “refugees” are not Bhutanese, but in fact are Nepalis.  They are originally from Nepal, had settled in Bhutan (probably illegally) and then Bhutan gave them the boot (wanting to keep Bhutan for true Bhutanese).  Nepal, not an evil terrorist country, didn’t want their kinsmen back, so they lived in camps and the UN and the US State Department under George Bush said, what the heck we’ll take 60,000.

Remember Bush is an Open Borders guy and I suspect, although soft-hearted on immigrants generally, was largely driven by financial backers looking for cheap labor.  Think about it, with captive LEGAL refugee laborers, big businesses keep wages low and their employees are additionally supported through taxpayer-funded “social services” to bring their living standards up (since their wages won’t do it alone).  What a racket!  (But, I’m digressing).

We have followed this story from its earliest days when the “refugees” proclaimed that they didn’t want to be resettled and dispersed around the world (Let us live together here with our brothers and sisters),  but wanted to work things out with Bhutan and Nepal.  Why we ever got into this squabble between neighbors is beyond me, but it was Bush’s then Asst. Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration who ultimately gave the green light, here.   And, just as I said in my previous post about TPS, these really are economic migrants, they aren’t people being persecuted in their home country.

Now, the UN (which loves moving people around the world) is celebrating that they have dispersed 75,000 economic migrants to mostly the US.   The story I’m posting below is confusing but it appears that we have now resettled 63,400.     As recently as September the number was 60,000, here.   I’ll bet you a buck this isn’t the final number!

December 13 2012,  Kathmandu Nepal:  Claiming to have resettled around 75,000 Bhutanese refugees from Nepal, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) confirmed the number in a joint statement. Under one of the largest and successful resettlement programs, more than 63,400 refugees were resettled in United States, 3,837 in Australia, 5,296 in Canada, 724 in Denmark, 710 in New Zealand, 326 in Netherlands, 546 Norway, and 257 in United Kingdom where Yagandra Kami a six year old boy became the 75,000 refugee to be part of major resettlement program. The Program was launched in November 2007.

Stephane Jaquemet, UNHCR Representative in Nepal said, ““This is a tremendous achievement, where we have successfully placed 75,000th Bhutanese refugee from Nepal to the United States [75,000th to US?----ed] on Wednesday for the third country settlement. It has only been possible due to the incredible generosity of the resettlement countries, the resilience of the refugees, the great support of the Government of Nepal, and the exemplary partnership with IOM.”

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The Bhutanese ethnic cleansing took place in early 1990s, where hundreds of thousand Nepali origin Bhutanese were forced for exile. [It would be like us sending Mexicans back to Mexico, and Mexico rejecting them---ed] They were forced to be limited in overcrowded refugee camps in eastern Nepal with no progress toward a resolution of their plight. Many rounds of bilateral talks between the governments of Nepal and Bhutan could not resolve the issue.  [Why didn't we just tell Nepal to repatriate its own people!--ed]

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as binding international treaties signed by Bhutan, ensures the right of the refugees to return to their country. During this long period of exile, however, Bhutan has not allowed a single refugee back. In midst of that the US and other supporting agencies started the resettlement program which has led in ensuring at least a quality of life for the refugee.

Quality of life?   Just now I was looking back at reports of all the problems the mostly Buddhist Bhutanese have experienced in America. Yes, my critics will tell me many others are doing just fine.   One post is about a Baltimore murder of a Bhutanese refugee, here.  And in that post I said this:

I just typed ‘Bhutanese murdered’ into the search function here at RRW and up came this archive of all the problems the Bhutanese are experiencing—others murdered, one killed by an abortion doctor, inner city beatings, suicides, and the list goes on.

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5 Responses to “US exceeds original goal—admits over 60,000 “Bhutanese refugees” since 2007”

  1. [...] tens of thousands of those expelled people to America over the last five years.  Here is just one recent post about Bhutanese/Nepali people coming here en [...]

  2. [...] is expected to absorb.    First, most are Bhutanese which definitely means we have decided to go beyond the original 60,000 Bush-approved Bhutanese/Nepalis we were taking from camps in [...]

  3. [...] place.  We wrote about it on several occasions as the great emptying of camps began in 2007.  We reported last month that in the ensuing years we have resettled over 60,000 Bhutanese/Nepali people, so that meatpackers [...]

  4. [...] US exceeds original goal—admits over 60,000 "Bhutanese refugees" since 2007 [...]

  5. Ann

    The Bhutanese Nepalis were in Bhutan for over 100 years. The were encouraged to settle in the hot southern part of the country. Most had citizenship and were ethnically cleansed over 20 years ago. If they could not show citizenship papers from 1958 they were considered illegal. They are not economic migrants. The Bhutan government wnt was afraid of the Nepali population becoming a larger and stronger part of the population.
    There was land confiscation, arrests, rapes and torture. A friend of mine was a potential assasination victim in Nepal after he fled. His wife was killed. The biggest problem is suicide. The suicide rate among Bhutanese refugees is 20 per 100,000, twice the US rate. The rate is about the same in the camps.

    To my knowledge no Bhutanese has been arrested for a serious crime in the US. In Atlanta. we have the largest community in the country (4200) There are at least 6 Bhutanese owned businesses. Over 30 families have bought houses. One of my friends(2 brothers and their families which total 12) bought a 5 bedroom house for 175,000 and put 30,0000 down. 4 of 5 people worked and they pooled their money from low income jobs they had since 2008. Their communal living style and lack of materialism is admirable. This family also grows all their own produce.

    The resettlement agencies will tell you that this is the easiest group to settle. Most families have American flags. They are generally humble and appreciative. There are 4 religions and at least 5 different ethnic groups within the refugees and they do mix and help each other.

    Despite all the issues with some Somalis and your concern about Islamic radicals, one should be able to see that some groups become immediate assets to America despite the safety, financial and other issues all refugees face. Almost all adults want to return to Bhutan,however most young people like it here, although they miss Nepal in some ways despite the awful camp existence.

    I know we are on different sides and you have an agenda. I jus hope that you will be a little positive about this group. It is true that they are cheap labor for the chicken factories, but all refugees start at the bottom.

    I would doubt you will see food stamp fraud or any violent crime from this group/

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