Advocacy for Malaysia
Malaysia hosts an estimated 150,000 refugees from Myanmar, including more than 100,000 Rohingya fleeing persecution and genocide at the hands of Myanmar’s military. In recent years, tens of thousands of Rohingya have taken to the sea from Myanmar and Bangladesh trying to reach Malaysia, and thousands have drowned. Those who reach Malaysia face a variety of challenges, including the risk of indefinite detention or repatriation.
What Must Be Done?
Refugees International is advocating for greater protections for refugees in Malaysia, including an end to indefinite detention and better access to education and livelihood opportunities. Malaysia and other regional governments must also commit to allowing access to asylum for refugees found at sea.