‘Let refugees live and work here’

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: Refugees and un­doc­u­mented mi­grants can be self-suf­fi­cient if they are al­lowed to live and work in a par­tic­u­lar coun­try through a reg­u­lated pro­gramme.

United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees (UNHCR) rep­re­sen­ta­tive to Malaysia,

Richard Towle, said refugees were be­ing ex­ploited be­cause of their un­reg­u­lated sit­u­a­tion.

“The prob­lem of refugees and un­reg­u­lated mi­grants in the re­gion is their in­vis­i­bil­ity. There is no way they can be counted, and when they can­not be counted one can­not con­trol who is where and who is who.”

He said there were about 150,000 refugees reg­is­tered with UNHCR in Malaysia.

Towle said if refugees could live and work in Malaysia through a reg­u­lated pro­gramme they would be self-suf­fi­cient.

Richard Towle

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