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JRS programmes, found in 51 countries worldwide, provide assistance to over 730,000 individuals. This service provision is overseen by 10 regional offices with support from the International Office in Rome. For the contact details of each regional office, click on the map and see the details below.

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 Nepal
In a rare illustration of international commitment to refugee protection, a group of eight industrialised nations in 2007 began the process of resettling more than 100,000 Bhutanese refugees who have been living in Nepal since 1992. More than 80,000 have arrived in their new countries and a further 20,000 have been referred for resettlement by the UN refugee agency. JRS will remain in the camps until the resettlement process is complete and all other refugees have found a durable solution.

In a response to widespread violence against Bhutanese people of Nepali origin, tens of thousands of people began crossing over into India in the early 1990s in search of protection and then into Nepal seeking asylum. By 1991, one-sixth of Bhutan's population was seeking asylum in Nepal and India. While negotiation between the Nepalese and Bhutanese have frequently been held, repatriation is very unlikely.

Even before formal refugee camps were established, children were being taught in ad hoc schools along the banks of rivers where they refugees had initially settled. In 1994, Caritas Nepal began providing educational materials, while JRS organised emergency relief. Ever since JRS and Caritas have worked out of the same office, cooperating and strategizing on issues of refugee education and resettlement.

JRS and Caritas work together providing teacher training and vocational education, and education for adults and refugees with disabilities. JRS staff visit refugees and their families in their homes to emphasise the importance of education.

As the overwhelming majority of refugees have applied for resettlement, JRS has redoubled its efforts to ensure the education received is comparable with that in North America and Europe, with most courses taught in English.

Established in 1998, the vocational training programme offers practical skills – in auto and technology repair, hotel management and cosmetology – to adults who did not receive a formal education or those who left school early.

JRS also provide emergency relief, medical care and shelter for Bhutanese refugees in vulnerable circumstances in Nepal. Emergency relief involves the distribution of food and non-food items, such as mattresses and blankets, winter clothing, seeds and tools, and financial assistance for transport.

In total, nearly 30,000 refugees received the services offered by JRS, including 10,000 students in nine formal schools, 8,000 in vocational training and 1,500 in preschool.




South Asia
Stan Fernandes SJ

southasia.director@jrs.net
+91 11 4310 4661; +91 11 4953 4106
http://jrssa.org

JRS South Asia is one of 10 geographic regions of the Jesuit Refugee Service, an international Catholic organization sponsored by the Society of Jesus. The regional office in South Asia serves Bhutanese refugees in Nepal, Srilankan refugees in the Indian State of Tamilnadu and internally displaced people in Sri Lanka.  Services include: education, skill training, economic programmes, healthcare, psychological support, disability centres, community development and emergency assistance. There more than 8,00,000 refugees presently in these four countries.

Nepal: Jesuits respond to earthquake

Rome, Washington DC, 30 April 2015 – Last Saturday's 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has left more than 5,000 people dead, 10,000 injured, thousands more homeless, and untold numbers isolated in remote villages. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, numbers are expected to rise as aid workers and search and rescue teams access remote areas closer to the epicentre of the earthquake.
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Nepal: brighter future awaits 75,000 resettled refugees

(New Delhi) January 25, 2013 – As the camp population decreases and the international resettlement effort continues, Jesuit Refugee Service celebrates the successful resettlement of 75,000 refugees from Nepal, the majority of them beginning new lives in the United States. Six-year-old Yagandra Kami recently became the 75,000th Bhutanese refugee to leave Nepal for a new life.
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Nepal: seventy-fifth thousandth refugee leaves camp in search of a bright future

New Delhi, 24 January 2013 – As the camp population decreases and the international resettlement effort continues, JRS celebrates the mass resettlement from Nepal. Six-year-old Yagandra Kami recently became the seventy-fifth thousandth Bhutanese refugee to leave Nepal for a new life with her family.
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Nepal: seventy-fifth thousandth refugee leaves camp in search of a bright future

New Delhi, 24 January 2013 – As the camp population decreases and the international resettlement effort continues, JRS celebrates the mass resettlement from Nepal. Six-year-old Yagandra Kami recently became the seventy-fifth thousandth Bhutanese refugee to leave Nepal for a new life with her family.
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Nepal: one third of Bhutanese refugees resettled

Rome, 19 October 2010 – More than 36,000 Bhutanese refugees have been resettled in third countries, according to statistics recently produced by the Nepali government. This is a significant increase on the numbers resettled in the last 20 months. Since January 2009, 28,000 Bhutanese refugees have been resettled.
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Nepal: one third of Bhutanese refugees resettled

Rome, 19 October 2010 – More than 36,000 Bhutanese refugees have been resettled in third countries, according to statistics recently produced by the Nepali government. This is a significant increase on the numbers resettled in the last 20 months. Since January 2009, 28,000 Bhutanese refugees have been resettled.
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Nepal: refugee leaders ask Nepal to help solve Bhutanese refugee crisis

On 17 December, Bhutanese refugee leaders welcomed assurances made by the Nepali government to form a taskforce to resolve the Bhutanese refugee crisis.
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Canada: first group of Bhutanese refugees arrive

The first group of Bhutanese refugees arrived in Canada on 8 December. The group of 24 refugees will be living in Saint-Jérôme town, in Quebec province. They are the first of up to 5,000 Bhutanese to be resettled in the country
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Nepal: Bhutanese refugees clash with Indian police

On 3 August, 41 Bhutanese refugee families (326 people) and Indian Police clashed on the Nepal-India border, when the former tried to return home on their own initiative via Indian territory.
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Nepal: conflict poses a threat to stability in the refugee camps

“Nepal is engulfed by conflict, displacing as many as two million people. There has been increasing anti-social activities in the refugee camps over the last two years. Until and unless these young refugees are engaged in meaningful activities they pose a threat to the peace and harmony of the camp and to the host country Nepal”, Fr Varkey Perekatt SJ, JRS Nepal Director, told JRS South Asia Annual Regional Meeting on 18 July.
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