Friday, November 18, 2016

Minister: There is an increase in Myanmar refugees

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18 — The country received refugee applications from 17 nations through the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), said Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.

Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim says most of the refugee applicants are from Myanmar, followed by Sri Lanka and Somalia. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Shahidan,had in his written reply, said most of the applicants were from Myanmar, followed by Sri Lanka and Somalia since 2010.

Malaysia received 84,852 applications from Myanmar in 2010 and the numbers increased to 88,041 in 2011, 100,982 (2012), 131,387 (2013), 140,202 (2014), 143,669 last year and 135,286 this year.

“UNHCR will determine a person’s refugee status if it is within its charter,” he said.

Shahidan was replying to a question by Er Teck Hwa (DAP-Bakri) who had asked for a breakdown of the number of refugee applications that had been approved since 2010.

The Arau MP, however, said the ministry did not have the information of the number of applications accepted or rejected or the details of the applicants as the records were with UNHCR.