Standing With Refugees

Standing Together With Refugees In Nepal

The number of refugees in Nepal has significantly decreased in recent years, says the UNHCR.  Almost 110,000 refugees in Nepal have been resettled since 2007 in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.

“Nepal has a proud tradition of providing asylum to refugees, rooted in its diverse cultures and peoples who, collectively, have demonstrated remarkable hospitality and goodwill,” says Kevin J. Allen, UNHCR Representative in Nepal.

World Refugee Day is observed on June 20. In Nepal, UNHCR Nepal and Cycle City Network Nepal organised the second “Ride For Refugees” cycle rally in Kathmandu Valley on June 17. More than 500 people participated in the 15 kilometre rally. Participants included government officials, diplomats, refugees of various nationalities, and locals.

A photo and art exhibition highlighting refugee stories was also organised at Labim Mall from June 17-20. Sujan Dongol’s work on refugees featured at the exhibition.

A refugee fair with Nepali and Bhutanese food, handicrafts, and cultural performances was held in Damak on Tuesday to mark the day.