900,000 GRANTED REFUGEE STA­TUS

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

MALAYSIA HAS granted refugee sta­tus to close to 900,000 peo­ple from dif­fer­ent coun­tries since 2010. Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment Datuk Seri Shahi­dan Kas­sim said more than 90% of those who were granted refugee sta­tus are from Myan­mar with more than 800,000 ap­pli­ca­tions ap­proved. This was in stark con­trast to Sri Lanka, which had the sec­ond high­est num­ber of refugees in Malaysia af­ter Myan­mar, with only 26,615 in­di­vid­u­als granted with refugee sta­tus. He said the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees is re­spon­si­ble for ap­prov­ing the ap­pli­ca­tions of refugees.

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