Figures At A Glance
Figures At A Glance
Know your numbers

As of end August 2017, there are some 149,100 refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR in Malaysia. 


  • Some 132,100 are from Myanmar, comprising some 61,000 Rohingyas, 38,200 Chins, 9,900 Myanmar Muslims, 4,200 Rakhines & Arakanese, and other ethnicities from Myanmar.
  • There are some 17,000 refugees and asylum-seekers from other countries, including some 4,200 Pakistanis, 2,100 Sri Lankans, 2,100 Yemenis, 2,100 Somalis, 1,900 Syrians, 1,400 Iraqis, 1,100 Afghans, 700 Palestinians, and others from other countries.


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


There are some 38,200 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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