Bhutanese Community Grows Dramatically
Subash Sharma came to New York from his native Bhutan in 1999 as a political refugee. At the time, he only new one other person in the city who hailed from his small South-Asian country. That has changed dramatically in the last few years. Since 2009, about 23,000 of Sharma’s compatriots have relocated to the U.S. from refugee camps in Nepal, where they had been living for up to 18 years. They are the first wave of a total 60,000 Bhutanese the U.S. will welcome as part of a multination relocation agreement with the United Nations.