Bhutanese Nepalis or Nepali Bhutanese?

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Bhutanese Nepalis or Nepali Bhutanese?

Type: Article / Letter to editor
Title: Bhutanese Nepalis or Nepali Bhutanese?
Author: Shrestha-Schipper, S.
Source: IIAS Newsletter, 41, 16 (2006)
Publisher: IIAS, Leiden
Issue Date: 2006
Keywords: International relations
Abstract: Since 1990 Bhutanese of Nepali descent have been forced to leave Bhutan and live as refugees in their ancestral land. Currently, more than 100,000 live in seven UNHCR-assisted refugee camps in the border districts of Jhapa and Morang in eastern Nepal. The Bhutanese government sees them as 'Nepali' and wants them to stay in Nepal, while the Nepalis call them 'Bhutanese' and want them to return. In the midst of this identity crisis, the refugees call themselves 'Bhutanese' - many possess Bhutanese citizenship cards, and want to return. Despite several rounds of talks between Nepal and Bhutan, the refugees remain stateless and their identity remains as obscure as ever.

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