Figures At A Glance
Figures At A Glance
Know your numbers

As of end February 2017, there are some 149,500 refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR in Malaysia. 


  • Some 133,263 are from Myanmar, comprising some 56,458 Rohingyas, 39,684 Chins, 10,454 Myanmar Muslims, 4,611 Rakhines & Arakanese, and other ethnicities from Myanmar.
  • There are some 16,233 refugees and asylum-seekers from other countries, including some 3,058 Pakistanis, 2,626 Sri Lankans, 2,008 Yemenis, 1,878 Syrians, 1,858 Somalis, 1,456 Iraqis, 844 Afghans, 687 Palestinians, and others from other countries.


Some 67% of refugees and asylum-seekers are men, while 33% are women.


There are some 35,144 children below the age of 18. 

Know your numbers - worldwide

UNHCR seeks to contribute to informed decision-making and public debate by providing accurate, relevant and up-to-date statistics. Access data, trends and statistical reports on the "People of concern to UNHCR": refugees, asylum-seekers, returned refugees, internally displaced and stateless persons in more than 150 countries.

For more interesting figures about the people we help worldwide, go to
Figures at A Glance.

For more refugee stories in statistics, visit the UNHCR Statistics page.

Global Population Figures
Refugee, asylum-seeker, internally displaced, returnee and stateless populations by region. Updated yearly.

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