Malaysia hosts some 181,000 refugees and asylum-seekers. 85% are from Myanmar, including some 103,000 Rohingyas. The remaining are from 50 other countries, including Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, and Somalia. 

67% of refugees and asylum-seekers are men, while 33% are women. 45,650 are children below the age of 18. They live in cities and towns across the peninsular, with sizeable populations in Klang Valley, Johor, and Penang.

In the absence of an asylum system regulating the status and rights of refugees, UNHCR conducts all activities related to the registration, documentation, and status determination of refugees. UNHCR cooperates with the Malaysian Government in managing refugee protection, such as prevention of arrest and detention and strengthening self-reliance, including through access to legal work. UNHCR works closely with partners, including civil society, the private sector, and refugees, to provide humanitarian support for refugees through education and healthcare.

For information about our work in Malaysia:

  • Information for refugees and asylum-seekers in Malaysia –
  • Visit our country website - Malaysia (English)
  • For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.
  • For up-to-date information about our programmes and operations in Malaysia, including funding level and donor contributions, visit Global Focus, UNHCR's reporting portal.

Contact Information

UNHCR Representation in Malaysia

Street Address:
570 Jalan Bukit Petaling, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 10185, 50706 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

60 3 2118 4800

60 3 2141 1780

[email protected]

Time Zone:
GMT + 8

Working Hours:
Monday: 8:00 - 16:00
Tuesday: 8:00 - 16:00
Wednesday: 8:00 - 16:00
Thursday: 8:00 - 16:00
Friday: 8:00 - 16:00

Public Holidays:
03 January 2022, New Year's Day
01 February 2022, Chinese New Year
02 February 2022, Chinese New Year
02 May 2022, Labour Day
03 May 2022, Eid Al-Fitri (Hari Raya Puasa)
04 May 2022, Eid Al-Fitri (Hari Raya Puasa)
11 July 2022, Eid Al-Adha (Hari Raya Haji)
31 August 2022, National Day (Hari Kebangsaan)
24 October 2022, Deepavali
26 December 2022, Christmas