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Experts stress need to make refugee problem a SAARC agenda

The Himalayan Times

Dhruva Jaishankar was quoted in a story by The Himalayan Times which discusses why the refugee issue couldn’t become an agenda for SAARC meetings as all of its member-states have been grappling with this crisis for long.

Experts from South Asia region have expressed concern regarding why the refugee issue couldn’t become an agenda for SAARC meetings as all of its member-states have been grappling with this crisis for long.

Over 100,000 Nepali speaking Bhutanese people, known as Lhotshampas were evicted forcibly from Bhutan in the early 1990s.

Dhruva Jaishankar, foreign policy fellow at Brookings Institution India Centre said that in South Asia, many people have been forced to take refuge due to various political, religious, and cultural reasons.

As many as one-and-a-half dozen papers will be presented and discussed by experts from Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka during the two-day workshop.

Read the full story here.

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