Malaysia Government to register UNHCR refugees January next year

By Melissa Chi
November 06, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 6 — Malaysia will start cataloguing next year some 95,000 refugees and asylum-seekers registered with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) here, many of whom are fleeing persecution and conflict from countries including Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq.

The UNHCR announced today that the exercise beginning in January will be carried out progressively throughout the country in major cities where refugees are located.

“UNHCR will communicate closely with refugee communities on the timing and location of the registration exercise,” Alan Vernon, a UNHCR representative, said in a statement.

“This exercise will continue until all UNHCR refugees and asylum-seekers are registered.”

Vernon clarified that the registration exercise involves the registration of asylum-seekers and refugees, and is separate from the government’s ongoing 6P Migration Management Programme that focuses on migrants.

The 6P amnesty programme is aimed at helping government identify the number of illegal immigrants in Malaysia.

Once identified, the government will decide on the number of workers needed to help Malaysia’s economy and grant them temporary work permits. The rest will be repatriated. Continue reading “Malaysia Government to register UNHCR refugees January next year”