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UNHCR Representation in Malaysia


UNHCR Representation in Malaysia

UNHCR began its operations in Malaysia in 1975 when Vietnamese refugees began to arrive by boat in Malaysia and other countries in the region.
UNHCR in Malaysia

From 1975 until 1996, UNHCR assisted the Malaysian government in providing protection and assistance for the Vietnamese boat people.

Over those two decades as part of an international burden sharing effort, UNHCR resettled more than 240,000 Vietnamese to countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, France, New Zealand, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway.

During that same period, more than 9,000 persons returned home to Vietnam with the support of UNHCR.