Bhutanese: New Refugee Group in Minnesota

19 Dec

The following is an informational brief from Culture Care Connection, an online learning and resource center, aimed at supporting health care providers, staff, and administrators in their ongoing efforts to provide culturally-competent care in Minnesota.


In 2008, the U.S. began to resettle 60,000 Bhutanese refugees, with nearly 500 Bhutanese settling in the Twin Cities area (primarily in East St. Paul, Minneapolis, Roseville, and Lauderdale). Although a small, isolated country located in the Himalayan mountain range between China and India, Bhutan has generated one of the highest numbers of refugees in the world in proportion to its population. Most Bhutanese refugees in Minnesota are originally from Southern Bhutan and belong to the Lhotsampas (“loh-CHAHM-pahs”) ethnic group. The Lhotsampas have been living in refugee camps for nearly 20 years.

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