Protection risks facing Rohingya refugees en route to Malaysia


Since January 2019, MMC Asia has been interviewing Rohingya in Malaysia to better understand their migration experiences as well as protection risks and needs. Despite Malaysia tightening border controls amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the movement of Rohingya to Malaysia continues, and risks en route and upon arrival are high. This snapshot focuses on the protection risks facing Rohingya refugees en route to Malaysia including the risk of detention, bribery, and physical violence, among others. It aims to contribute towards building a solid evidence base to inform targeted responses on the ground, as well as advocacy efforts related to migration movements to Malaysia. Information in this snapshot was collected between 4 March and 10 May 2021 in Johor, Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Pahang, Pulau Pinang, and Selangor, in Malaysia. 142 interviews were conducted (124 over the phone and 18 in-person).


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