Despite their refugee status in the US, many Bhutanese-Nepali is highly educated people who worked in white-collar occupations before they were expelled from Bhutan. They tend to maintain large households, averaging about 8 people, which includes members of their extended family such as grandparents. The community itself is far from monolithic — it includes various different religions, languages, and subcultures.
The Columbus Bhutanese-Nepali community looks to continue growing in the future, both for economic reasons and out of sheer momentum. Columbus is increasingly attractive to Bhutanese-Nepali refugees because of the large pre-existing Bhutanese-Nepali community, which provides a strong social support system that often includes members of the immigrant’s own extended family. Another driver of immigration is an emerging economic opportunity.