How many refugee camps are there in Malaysia?
There are no refugee camps in Malaysia. Thus, refugees are scattered throughout the country, with most of them living in the Klang Valley. The refugees share living spaces in groups of up to 20 people – living in low-cost apartments, urban villages or housing estates side by side with Malaysians.
Where are the Rohingya refugees in Malaysia?
For many embarking on secondary movements, Malaysia is their intended destination with the country currently hosting more than 150,000 UNHCR registered Rohingya refugees, 75% of whom live in Kuala Lumpur (KL) and its surrounding states of Selangor, Pulau Pinang, and Johor.
What happened to Rohingya in Malaysia?
At least 40 ethnic Rohingya who were picked up from a boat that arrived in Malaysian waters more than three months ago have been sentenced to seven months in prison. At least a dozen boatloads of Rohingya refugees have left Bangladesh in recent months, where they have been living in camps in appalling conditions.
Can Rohingya refugees work in Malaysia?
3. Provide the Rohingya in Malaysia work permits so that they can work. At present, they are not supposed to work but as no one – the UNHCR or our government – is giving them money to buy food or procure shelter, they are forced to work “illegally”.
What can refugees do in Malaysia?
Refugees cannot work under Malaysian law, but some do seek informal work to survive. Under the pandemic, we have seen cases of employers forcing refugees to work for salaries below the normal wage or to take unpaid leave or resign just because of their refugee status. Many refugees lost their jobs due to the pandemic.
Are refugees allowed to work in Malaysia?
Under Malaysian law, refugees are not legally recognized, usually not granted work legally. UNHCR continues to pursue work rights initiatives with the Government of Malaysia.
Can refugees work Malaysia?
Does Malaysia accept asylum seekers?
Malaysian domestic law does not recognise the status of refugees or asylum seekers.
How are refugees treated in Malaysia?
Refugees cannot work under Malaysian law, but some do seek informal work to survive. Some refugees were fined by the police, and some were even detained at police stations for several days. Some people also label us as illegal immigrants even if we hold complete and authentic UNHCR refugee cards or documents.