Many Bhutanese refugees in America (notably, the United States) have found their new home. Since 1980s, the government in Bhutan was deporting thousands of Nepali to prevent illegal immigration. This unwelcome practice forced thousands of Bhutanese to arrive to the United States and seek asylum.
Many Bhutanese were beaten in Bhutan because they were speaking the Nepali language and did not wear national Bhutanese dress. They were tortured because they resisted new laws that the government enforced to humiliate Nepali people. The Bhutanese who opposed the laws were eventually removed from Bhutan to Nepal, to one of the refugee camps.
With dreadful living conditions, lack of proper medication, and food, many people in such camps were even dying each day. Forced living in such a camp is against human rights.
Besides living in camps, Bhutanese refugees have another problem: the Nepali and Bhutanese governments still do not know how to manage more than 100 thousand refugees. The United Nation has decided to relocate these refugees in other countries.
Asylum for Bhutanese refugees in the United States
If you are forced to live in one of the refugee camp in Nepal, you may consider moving to the United States to obtain asylum and naturalize. Although the United Nations and the U.S. government agreed to accept only 60,000 Bhutanese, you can still apply for yourself and your family.
First, you need to verify if you are eligible for asylum in the United States. Then, you need to contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and apply necessary forms. You need to prepare documentation that proves your bad living conditions in a refugee camp in Nepal. You will have to pass an interview with the USCIS asylum officer. Once your application is approved, you will be admitted to the U.S. as an asylee.
To help you receive asylum in the United States, you may first read our article how to prepare to asylum interview. And we also recommend you to hire a professional immigration lawyer to get help during the interviews, gather facts about the live in a refugee camp, and so on.
Many Bhutanese refugees in America have resettled, and you can become one of them and start a new life.