Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Malaysia’s plan on accepting Syrian refugees still in the works



Nur Jazlan said that the government would reference its past work taking in refugees during the Bosnian war to set up the new framework. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, Oct 19 — Putrajaya is still refining plans to take in 3,000 Syrian refugees in stages, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said.

He added that the government would reference its past work taking in refugees during the Bosnian war to set up the new framework.

"We can form a framework for the Syrian refugees based on lessons learned during the intake of Bosnian refugees," he told reporters after a corporate lunch with the Malaysia-Bosnia and Herzegovina Business Council (MBBC) here today.

"As proven today, Bosnian refugees that we accepted had successfully entered higher education and eventually worked in Malaysia, with many returning to their country of origin to partake in various business activities and more," he added.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had announced at the recent United Nations General Assembly in New York that Malaysia will open its doors to 3,000 Syrian migrants over the next three years to help alleviate the refugee crisis.



Roughly four million Syrian refugees have fled to neighbouring countries since a civil war broke out there in 2011.

Many have been victims of human trafficking trying to leave the war torn country.

“The details are still being refined. It involves international laws,” Nur Jazlan said.

“The government has made its stand, that it will take in 3,000 Syrian refugees, and it will be done in stages,” he added.

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