Operation: Opération: Nepal



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Key Figures

2018 planning figures
100% of primary school-aged children enrolled in primary education (for Bhutanese and urban refugees)
100% of persons of concern have access to primary health care among Bhutanese and urban refugees
100% of households with access to sustainable energy for Bhutanese refugees
550 of urban and  Bhutanese refugees provided with guidance on business market opportunities
2016 end-year results
100% of refugees in Nepal had access to basic health services, with established mechanisms for secondary and tertiary referrals
90% of refugee children in Nepal were enrolled in primary education
5,850 refugees submitted for resettlement, exceeding the initial target of 1,000 persons.  Of those refugees already in the resettlement pipeline, 6,726 people were processed and departed Nepal, substantially exceeding the Office’s departure target of 4,000 people

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Decrease in
2016 26,170
2015 33,068
2014 39,012


[["Refugees",25249],["Asylum-seekers",72],["Others of concern",849]]
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Year-end Overview

Plan Overview

Working environment

 Nepal has not acceded to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, its 1967 Protocol, nor established a national legal framework concerning refugees and asylum-seekers. Nevertheless, Nepal has a long tradition of providing asylum to refugees and UNHCR enjoys a relationship of open dialogue and positive collaboration with the Government. The main protection challenges faced by persons of concern in Nepal relate to obstacles in documentation, self-reliance, and the need to strengthen community-based protection mechanisms. Refugees in Nepal also face a number of issues in relation to social and legal protection.   

Key priorities

 With the conclusion of the large-scale resettlement of over 111,000 Bhutanese refugees, alternative durable solutions will be pursued for the remaining 7,500 refugees who will remain in Nepal as of 1 January 2018. The Office will support the advocacy efforts of the Bhutan Core Group (BCG) in the context of voluntary repatriation and, where feasible, use its offices to facilitate dialogue. UNHCR will also reinforce efforts to increase the self-reliance of refugees through initiatives related to livelihoods, health, education, and protection. Supporting a shift from parallel services within camps to public services and community-based support. The Office will prioritise self-reliance and income generation for urban refugees, while continuing to address education, health and protection issues locally. The Office will maintain its dialogue with the Government to identify pragmatic and principled approaches to enhancing solutions.