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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Bhutanese refugees in Nepal frustrated of cutting funds

Posted by Anup Baral January 24, 2017 :
The Bhutanese refugees are descendants of Nepalese migrants that settled in Southern Bhutan in the late 1890’s. Original ly recruited by the Government of Bhutan to clear the jungles of Southern Bhutan in th e late 1890’s, they were called Lhotshampas, meaning ‘People from the South’. Over time the Lhotshampas prospered in Bhutan and became high-ranking governme nt officials and educators. According to the 1988 census they made up 45% of the population of Bhutan. In 1958 the Bhutanese government passed the Citizenship Act, which granted the Lhotshampas the right to Bhutanese citizenship. Every citizen was issued a land tax receipt. From 1958 to 1985 the Bhutanese go vernment introduced integration programs and incentives for intermarriage between th e Lhotshampas and other ethnic groups of Bhutan. However, the Buddhist Druk majority became increasingly concerned over the growing population and power of the mainly Hindu Lhotshampas. In 1988 the government intr oduced a census, which took place only in Southern Bhutan. It required that each citizen produc e the 1958 land tax receipt. Following this census the Lhotshampas were re-classified as ‘illegal immigrants’ despite having produced land tax receipts from 1958.

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