Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Marry Bhutan refugees, settle in US ?

Source: Times of India

KATHMANDU: Young Bhutanese refugees have now suddenly become the most sought
after for marriage among the eastern Nepalese girls, thanks to a
resettlement offer by the US and European countries.

Nepali girls are vying to marry such boys as it would provide golden
opportunity to go abroad. This phenomenon is amply visible in Jhapa and
Morang districts of Nepal where Bhutanese refugees are settled for the last
17 years.

From January to August some 113 Nepalese girls have tied nuptials with the
Bhutanese refugee boys. Earlier, the Bhutanese refugees were seen as source
of trouble to them but now they are seen as cause of good fortune.

The US has offered some 60,000 Bhutanese refugees resettlement opportunities
and US ambassador to Nepal Nancy Powell announced the US may increase the
number of Bhutanese refugees to be accepted for resettlement.

About 4,000 refugees have already left for the US and European countries
over the past six months. The officials of the International Migration
Office have also encouraged that those who have fallen in love with someone
to get married before leaving for abroad.

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