Thursday, November 15, 2007

UNHCR distributes resettlement forms from Kathmandu office


United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has begun distributing forms for exiled Bhutanese who wish to apply for third country resettlement from its Kathmandu office as well.

Hundreds of exiled Bhutanese residing in Kathmandu for jobs or studies lined up in the UNHCR office from Wednesday asking the forms.

The UNHCR stated in the form that it was for expressing interest of those willing to be resettled.

The form can be obtained from the UNHCR office. Those reaching the refuge agency office to fill the forms said UNHCR instructed them to fill even the names of all their family members.

When the Bhutan News Service correspondent reached the UNHCR office to get reaction from the exiled Bhutanese registering their filled out forms, a few opposing the resettlement program had gathered on the way.

Two banners, that said UNHCR was acting against its mandates and principles, were hanged along the way that leads to UNHCR office.

Yet the number of exiled Bhutanese reaching the UNHCR office to register their willingness for resettlement seemed not decreasing. More than 10,000 exiled Bhutanese live in Kathmandu for job of studies.

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