of Southern Bhutanese (Lhotshampa) became the refugee and
lives in exile in Jhapa, Nepal, initially due to the Royal
Government's citizenship policy. But eventually, even those
without citizenship problems were forced to leave Bhutan and
landed in Jhapa as refugees. The United Nations High Commissioner
for Refugees (UNHCR) has been extending support for their
shelter, food, health and the education of their children
Currently, about 100,000 Bhutanese citizens are living in
seven United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
monitored camps in Jhapa, Nepal.
of ministerial talks between Nepal and Bhutan government have
taken place to discuss the issue. In the 14th round of ministerial
talks, a consensus was reached when both governments formed
a Joint Verification Team, and also conducted a verification
of 1500 families at the Khudunabari Camp. But a solution is
yet to emerge and so far not a single refugee is repatriated.