Bhutanese American

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Bhutanese American
Total population
19,439 Americans of Bhutanese descent or ethnic origin (2010 US Census [1])
71,000 Bhutanese refugees in USA (according the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in USA in 2013)[2]
Regions with significant populations
Languages
Religion
Buddhism and Hindu
Related ethnic groups

Bhutanese American are Americans of Bhutanese descent. According to the 2010 census there are 19,439 Americans of Bhutanese descent.[1] However, many Bhutanese came to the U.S. from Nepal as political refugees from that country and they surpass, according to some estimates, 71,000 people.

Demography[edit]

According to the 2010 census there are 19,439 Bhutanese-Americans.[1] However, many Bhutanese came to the U.S. from Nepal as political refugees from that country. This political refugees formed, according estimates of June 20, 2010, a population of 27,926 people in United States. Many Bhutanese Americans are of Hindu religion.[3]

Bhutanese Nepali[edit]

Many of the Bhutanese who live in United States, like we say, are refugees from Nepal. This was because, between the late 80s and early 90s, thousands of Bhutanese were driven out of Bhutan, as they were considered by the government of his country as "illegal immigrants" because they did not share the Tibetan origin majority of the population of country. Despite this, however, this Bhutanese came from families who had been living in Bhutan for more of two centuries. The objective of his government was to maintain the Tibetan ethnic purity of most of the population. Thus, since 1990, more than 105,000 ethnically Nepali Bhutanese refugees temporarily migrated to neighboring Nepal, from where their ancestors came, establishing in refugee camps in the east of the country. However, after 15 years living in exile in the neighboring country, many of them have migrated to the U.S., Europe and Australia.[4] His emigration to the United States is due, at least in large part, to a program coordinated by the U.S. State Department and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.[3] Of the 60,000 Bhutanese - Nepali refugees that U.S. has offered to resettle in his country,[5] according BBC News, in June 20, 2010, had already 27,926 lived in USA.[6][7] However, in Oct. 2013, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimated that around 71,000 Bhutanese refugees living in the U.S.[2]

According the International Organization for Migration, the Bhutanese refugees are sent to places such as New York City, Chicago, Syracuse (New York); St. Louis (Missouri); and other cities. The refugees also are sent to states as Texas, Arizona, Maryland[5] or Oregon.[8] The community is being helped by The Hindu Temple of Minnesota, Lutheran and Catholic social organizations, who give them material and moral support.[3]

In 2014, Connecting Cleveland, a four page paper with stories in English and Nepali was launched to serve Nepali-speaking Bhutanese families in the Cleveland, Ohio area.[9]

A trouble in the community is his high rate of suicide. So, since 2008, more of 30 Bhutanese refugee, shortly after resettlement in United States, committed suicide.[2]

Organizations[edit]

Some Bhutanese American organizations are the Bhutanese American Association of Houston (BaaH) and the Association of Bhutanese in America (ABA). The Bhutanese American Association of Houston has an ESL program, which provides older people in the community to fend for themselves and learn English. In addition, ESL students are taken to various places of recreation and parks to facilitate adaptation at the city.[10] The Association of Bhutanese in America aims to establish relationships between U.S. Bhutanese and Bhutanese in Bhutan and elsewhere, as well as establish a platform that favors their relationship with the community and their country of origin.[11]

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