Information For Refugees and Asylum-Seekers

Seeking asylum and registering as a refugee in Malaysia

Important Information

Asylum process in Malaysia

If you have fled your own country because you are in danger of suffering serious harm for reasons related to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group or if you are fleeing war, torture, or inhumane and degrading treatment, you can apply for asylum.

Frequently Asked Questions

An asylum-seeker is a person who has expressed fear of return to their country of origin either at a port of entry or after entering Malaysia.  Asylum-seekers must complete an asylum application to be officially registered as an asylum seeker by UNHCR.

Following registration as an asylum -seeker, a refugee status determination procedure will be conducted to determine who is a refugee.  In the absence of national legislation, UNHCR determines who is a refugee based on the refugee definition in the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its own mandate.

Asylum-seekers are protected from forced return to their country of origin from the time they express a fear of return until a final decision on refugee status is determined by UNHCR.

If you are afraid to return to your country of origin, or your previous country of residence, because you are in danger of suffering serious harm for reasons related to your race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group, you can claim asylum in Malaysia.

A refugee is a person who has been forced to flee his or her country because of war, violence, or persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution and, because of such fear, cannot return home or is afraid to do so because he or she would not be able to find protection there.

Following registration as an asylum-seeker, a refugee status determination procedure will be conducted to determine who is a refugee. In the absence of national legislation, UNHCR determines who is a refugee based on the refugee definition in the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its own mandate.

Refugees are protected from forced return to their country of origin.