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Our 9 month series, New Hampshire's Immigration Story explored just that... the vast history of who came to New Hampshire, when they came, why they came, the challenges they faced once they landed on Granite State soil and the contributions that they brought to our state. The Exchange, Word of Mouth, and our News Department looked at the issue of immigration from its first arrivals to the newest refugees calling New Hampshire home.We saw how immigration affects our economy, health care, education system, culture and our current system of law. We also looked at what's going on in New Hampshire today, as we uncovered the groups, societies and little known people who are making an impact all over the state.Funding for NH's Immigration Story is brought to you in part by: New Hampshire Humanities Council, Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation, The Gertrude Couch Trust0000017a-15d9-d736-a57f-17ff89e10000

The Story of the Bhutanese

For the past few years they’ve been our state’s largest incoming refugee group with hundreds coming every year.  A new documentary explores their journeys from nearly twenty years in refugee camps to new lives in the Granite State. We’ll hear their stories, their challenges and hopes for a new life in America. 


  • Narad Adhikari -  An activist for 20 years on behalf of human rights and democracy in Bhutan. He arrived in Manchester with his wife and children in 2011 after spending 20 years in a refugee camp in Nepal.
  • Tika Acharya - Executive Director of the Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire, a nonprofit organization that works on behalf of Bhutanese refugees.  He arrived in Manchester with his family in 2009. He and his family lived for almost 18 years as refugees in Nepal after being driven out of Bhutan.William Gillett - Chairman of the International Institute of New England, a non-profit organization that helps to resettle refugees and immigrants in the region.

For information on this topic, visit Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire. Or call  603-261-0629.

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