Bhutan - Migration



Bhutan opposes immigration and forbids the entry of new settlers from Nepal. Since 1959, when about 4,000 Tibetan refugees entered Bhutan, the border with Tibet has been closed to immigration. By 1980, most of the refugees had become citizens of Bhutan; the rest migrated to India. The border between Bhutan and India is open, and citizens of Bhutan are free to live and work in India. The net migration rate for 2000 was -0.5 per 1000 population, or a loss of approximately 1,000 people. The total number of migrants residing in Bhutan was 10,000 in that year.

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