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IOM IN YOUR COUNTRY

Malaysia’s resources and strategic location has made Malaysia a major destination country for migrants from Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and African countries. Majority of migration to Malaysia is due to economic opportunities while a substantial number of irregular and vulnerable migrants come to Malaysia seeking protection from violence, persecution and violations in their home country.

Malaysia is also recognized as a destination and a transit country for trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, with migrants often falling prey to scrupulous recruiters which leaves them stranded and undocumented.

Between 2010 and 2017, the number of documented foreign workers in Malaysia increased from 1.7 million to 2.2 million and as of the end of 2018, there are an estimated 2 to 4 million additional undocumented migrant workers in Malaysia. Major countries of origin of foreign workers are Indonesia, Nepal, Bangladesh, India and Myanmar, among smaller numbers from other Asian countries. There are 163,000 refugees and asylum seekers registered with UNHCR including 142,000 from Myanmar and the remaining 21,890 from other countries and areas, including Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Palestinian Territories.

Socio-economic outlook 2017
CapitalKuala Lumpur
Total Land Area: 330,803 km sq
Languages :Bahasa Melayu (official), English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, Tamil, Malayalam, Telegu, Punjabi
Currency:Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)
Population (2018):31,624,264 million (48.4% women)
Population under 15 years of age (2017): 24.3%
Life Expectancy at Birth, Total (2018): 75.4 years
HIV Prevalence, 15-49 years of age (2017): 0.4%
HDI Rank (2018): 57 of 188
Net Migration Rate (2015-2020):1.6 migrants/1,000 population
International migrants as a share of the total population (2017):14.4%
Women as a Percentage of International Migrant Stock (2017):39.6%
GDP per Capita PPP (2017):USD 9,945 (current)
Remittances received as share of GDP0.52%

Kendra Rinas
Head of Office

International Organization for Migration
c/o UNHCR

570 Jalan Bukit Petaling
50460 Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia (GMT+8)

T. +6 03 9235 5400
F. +6 03 2145 1094
E. iomkualalumpur@iom.int
W. https://www.iom.int/countries/malaysia/general-information