As of end January 2023, there are some 183,790 refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR in Malaysia.
- Some 158,870 are from Myanmar, comprising some 106,500 Rohingyas, 23,450 Chins, and 28,920 other ethnic groups from conflict-affected areas or fleeing persecution in Myanmar.
- The remaining individuals are some 24,920 refugees and asylum-seekers from 50 countries fleeing war and persecution, including some 6,940 Pakistanis, 3,370 Afghans, 3,360 Yemenis, 3,020 Somalis, 2,810 Syrians, 1,500 Sri Lankans, 750 Iraqis, 630 Palestinians, and others.
Some 66% of refugees and asylum-seekers are men, while 34% are women.
There are some 48,160 children below the age of 18.
UNHCR statistics does not map or reflect new arrivals into the country.
Any increase in numbers of registered refugees are as a result of UNHCR’s own capacity to conduct registration.
According to data obtained from refugees, in general, there have been no significant refugee arrivals since 2013, and total numbers of overall new arrivals have declined significantly from then until now.