UN refugee agency counsels Bhutanese refugees in Nepal

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UNHCR staff members provide information on durable solutions to a mother in the Beldangi refugee camp in eastern Nepal.

Bhutanese families in refugee camps in Nepal are being counselled by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) so that they can decide to be resettled in another country or remain in refugee camps.

UNHCR says that many Bhutanese refugees in eastern Nepal are conflicted because they wish to return to Bhutan.

Gerry Adams reports.

The United Nations refugee agency says there are thousands of refugees who fled to Nepal during the 1992 inter-ethnic conflict in Bhutan.

UNHCR says 69,000 of the original 108,000 refugees have been resettled in eight different countries.

It says individuals and families among the refugees face a dilemma in deciding whether to opt for resettlement or to remain in refugee camps.

The agency has started mobile counselling in the camps where it provides in-depth and targeted information on what it calls "durable" solutions.

While some refugees have decided not pursue resettlement, it adds, over 8,000 of the 11,000 visited so far have expressed interest in resettlement.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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