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Title: Contribution of Education in the Process of Resettlement for Bhutanese Refugees in Nepal
Authors: Jacob, Mathew
Keywords: School of Social Work
Monica Sakhrani
Issue Date: 2010
Series/Report no.: 243
Abstract: The study seeks to find the contribution of education in the process of resettlement for Bhutanese refugees in Nepal. The ethnic cleansing in Bhutan in the early 90’s, forced the southern Bhutanese of Nepali origin to migrate out of Bhutan and seek asylum in India. India refused asylum and deported them to Nepal. From the past two decades they are refugees in Nepal, constantly struggling to repatriate back to Bhutan. The movement for repatriation had been strong in the camps in Nepal. The joint ministerial dialogues between Governments of Bhutan and Nepal fai led and repatriation was no more the destiny. Due to large economic cut downs and donor fatigue it became difficult for UNHCR to maintain the camps. In the absence of repatriation and local integration, resettlement was the only durable solution for the Bh utanese refugees in Nepal. Resettlement triggered conflicts in the camps and suppressed the movement for repatriation further. The first batch of refugees resettled in 2007. Bhutanese Refugee Education Program has been strongly acclaimed by people. The education program has been able to reach out to all the refugees in the camps. It was believed that education is an important factor that contributed in the process of resettlement.
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