Operation: Opération: Nepal



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Key Figures

2019 planning figures
100% of refugees will have access to primary health care
100% of primary school-aged children will be enrolled in primary education
100% of targeted households will have their basic needs met with multi-purpose cash grants 
100% of Bhutanese refugees will have access to work opportunities
2017 year-end results
100% of refugees had access to primary health care
100% of known SGBV survivors received appropriate support
100% of Bhutanese refugee households had access to sustainable energy
93% of primary school aged refugee children were enrolled in primary education 
372 Bhutanese refugees were provided with entrepreneurship training
25 litres of potable water, on average, was available per person per day
6 peaceful co-existence projects were implemented

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Decrease in
2017 22,248
2016 26,170
2015 33,068


[["Refugees",21471],["Asylum-seekers",152],["Others of concern",625]]
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Operational environment

The current stable environment in Nepal is expected to positively impact the operational environment for UNHCR. The implementation of federalization and the devolution of authority to local governance structures is expected to offer opportunities for further collaboration with the local authorities on refugee issues and with development actors based on the principle of leaving no one behind.
For decades, Nepal has been a generous host to refugees, particularly to the over 100,000 refugees from Bhutan, of whom over 90 per cent have now been resettled to third countries. Those who remain in Nepal enjoy access to local health, education, financial, and social services.
UNHCR’s strategic direction for 2019 is fully congruent with UNHCR’s focus on the principles of protect, include, empower and solve. UNHCR will place emphasis on: achieving solutions for long-staying refugees; empowerment and self-reliance through greater livelihood opportunities and enhancing community based protection; reinforcing inclusion with enhanced access to public services and synergy with host communities; enhancing partnership, including further engagement with development actors and development processes (UNDAF, SDGs); enhancing access to legal identity including birth registration; and preserving asylum space. The strategy was developed in consultation with the Government, donors, the diplomatic community, NGO partners and persons of concern.

Key priorities

In 2019, UNHCR is committed to achieving lasting solutions for the remaining Bhutanese refugees by engaging the government of Bhutan on voluntary return, and building refugees’ self-reliance and cohesion with the local community. UNHCR will emphasize access to livelihoods, inclusion in local services, and synergies with the host community in its response in Nepal.