Bhutanese Refugees In Australia Celebrate Resettlement Anniversary

June 5, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Hinduism Today/

[HPI note: The Lhotshampas, who are mostly Hindus and once represented one sixth of Bhutan's population, were forced into exile during the 1990s. It is estimated that 145,000 of them live in exile today, according to You can read the story of 60,000 Bhutanese refugees in the US, one of the world's largest resettlement efforts, here]

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA, May 13, 2009: About 300 Bhutanese Hindu refugees gathered on this date to mark the first anniversary of their arrival in Australia and to showcase their food, culture, dance and singing. Inaugurating the event, Premier Mike Rann said the was impressed by the remarkable quality and commitment shown by Bhutanese refugees. “The story of Australia is the story of migrant. I am myself a migrant,” he said.