Right To Work: Give Refugees Legal Employment, They Don't Want To Be Charity Cases in Malaysia
[ Programme Segment: Current Affairs ]
Currently in Malaysia, more than 98,000 refugees and asylum seekers are registered with the UNHCR or United Nations High Commission on Refugees. But when refugees are considered illegal migrants under Malaysia's Immigration Act and denied access to lawful work and officially recognised employment, how will they find ways to make ends meet?
BFM finds some answers from Alan Vernon, UNHCR representative for Malaysia, on refugees’ right to work in the country. Vernon also talks about how allowing refugees to work legally will benefit the country's economy, why refugees deserve to be given such rights and why they won't abuse it, as well as the continuing challenges of obtaining these rights for them in Malaysia.