Foreign Correspondents Club of Malaysia

Briefing With UNHCR Malaysia

UNHCR Malaysia representative Michele Manca di Nissa hosted a briefing for FCCM members at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office on November 14.

Mr Manca di Nissa, who moved to Kuala Lumpur in July, gave an overview of the refugee situation here in Malaysia, followed by a Q and A session.

As of end of October, there were more than 125,000 refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR in Malaysia. Most of them are from Myanmar. Whereas Malaysia has said it allows refugees to stay in the country temporarily based on humanitarian grounds, it is not a signatory to the UN convention on refugees, and there is no legal framework to protect them.