Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Refugees from Bhutan arrive in Auckland

Source: Radio New Zealand News

A group of Bhutanese refugees who have been living in United Nations camps in Nepal has arrived in New Zealand.

The 40 refugees are the first to be resettled from the camps to a third country.

More than 100,000 people were forced out of the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan up to 17 years ago.

The group will undergo a six-week orientation programme at the Mangere Refugee Reception Centre in Auckland.

They will then be resettled in Palmerston North and Christchurch.

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