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the refugee situation in malaysia


Correct as of February 2017

As of end February 2017, there are some 149,500 refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR in Malaysia.  

Some 133,363 are from Myanmar, comprising some 56,458 Rohingyas, 39,684 Chins, 10,454 Myanmar Muslims, 4,611 Rakhines & Arakanese, and other ethnicities from Myanmar.

There are some 16,233 refugees and asylum-seekers from other countries, including some 3,058 Sri Lankans, 2,626 Pakistanis, 1,858 Somalis, 1,878 Syrians, 2,008 Yemenis, 1,456 Iraqis, 844 Afghans, 687 Palestinians, and others from other countries.Some 67% of refugees and asylum-seekers are men, while 33% are women.

There are some 35,144 children below the age of 18.