Wednesday, June 18, 2008

US embassy says no non-Bhutanese has been resettled in US


The American Embassy has said no non-Bhutanese refugee has been resettled in the US and that recent news reports saying a few people have managed their way to the US, as refugees, are unfounded.

"There have been several reports published in Nepal that contain factually inaccurate information regarding refugee resettlement in the United States. UNHCR and the U.S. Embassy confirm that all refugees resettled so far have successfully gone through an exhaustive process and have been confirmed to be genuine candidates for resettlement.

The embassy further said, "Each refugee who is resettled goes through an extensive screening process, first by UNHCR, second by IOM, then by representatives of the resettlement country, in this case by officials of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security."

The identity of each refugee is checked several times against a data base containing the refugee's picture and finger prints, the embassy added.

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