Malaysia’s Refugee Crisis: A Poverty Issue, Not Just Migration

Over the past few years, there have been countless stories covering the migration of refugees from one country to another. More often than not, refugees are survivors. People who have survived after watching their families be torn apart by war and conflict, people who have survived losing their homes, their wealth, and everything they knew. Only to escape to a country where their basic human rights are ignored.

This is the story of millions of refugees. Each with a different narrative, but the struggles, suffering and challenges are the same. This paper discusses the livelihoods of refugees residing in Malaysia as well as the challenges they face with various indicators of the multidimensional poverty index – which includes housing, income levels, standard of living, health and education.

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