KATHMANDU, May 20 (Xinhua) -- About 90,000 Bhutanese refugees who had been taking shelter in eastern Nepal from more than two decades ago, are now resettled in various countries, a UN body said on Tuesday.
According to a data provided by United Nation High Commissioner on Refugee (UNHCR) and International Organization on Migration ( IOM), the refugees have been resettled across Canada, Australia, Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, United Kingdom and United States.
The majority of the refugees have been resettled in the United States--over 75,000 people, the body said in a press statement. The resettlement of refugees began in 2007.
About 27,000 refugees remaining in the camps, and about 21,000 of them have already expressed interests in resettlement and are expected to depart in the coming years.
A major exercise is underway in the camps in eastern Nepal in which refugees wishing to be considered for Group Resettlement are required to submit a Declaration of Interest (DOI) form to UNHCR before the deadline of 30 June 2014, the UN body said.
Thousands of Nepali-speaking Bhutanese citizen were expelled two decades ago, who took refuge in eastern Nepal.