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In The Camps: Introduction

There are seven Bhutanese refugee camps in the eastern lowlands of Nepal, where the population has grown from 80,000 in 1992 to 105,000 in 2007.

Since 2008 many thousands of Bhutanese refugees have left the camps as part of the resettlement programme, moving to start new lives in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, the Netherlands and Norway.

As of the beginning of 2010 there was a population of approx. 85,000 still living in the camps.

According to UNHCR, through the 1990s and 00s at least 40 percent of the population in the camps was under the age of 17 . These young people had spent most, if not all, of their lives living as refugees.

From 1998 - 2006, a number of these young people documented their lives growing up in the refugee camps.

This section of the website shares their work.  It is an attempt to paint a picture of what it is like to live as a refugee - as seen through the eyes of the young people of the camps.


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