Bhutanese refugees in diaspora: A case study towards integration and economic stability

Title: Bhutanese refugees in diaspora: A case study towards integration and economic stability

Author: Dhakal, Hari P.

Date: May 2012

Description: Master’s Paper, Clark University, Department of International Development, Community and Environment

This paper examines the status and current issues of the Bhutanese refugees living in Worcester, MA. Data was gathered through a twenty question survey distributed to 100 Bhutanese refugees, two focus groups guided by discussion and personal experience. The paper examines the Bhutanese refugee issues in the context of the Bhutanese government policy that forced them to leave their native country, their life in the refugee camps before coming to the U.S., and the challenges faced after resettlement in Worcester. The author places emphasis on English language skills and employment as key factors in the successful resettlement of Bhutanese refugees and their quest for self-sufficiency in the U.S.

Keywords: refugees, Bhutan, ethnic cleansing, travel loan, economic self-sufficiency, resettlement, vocational training, ESL

Cataloged by: Amy Totten/ B. J. Perkins

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