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Burmese in Malaysia mostly comprise manual labourers and refugees. As of November 2014, there are around 139,200 Burmese refugees in which 50,620 are Chins, 40,070 are Rohingyas, 12,160 Panthays and 7,440 others are Rakhines/Arakaneses.[1] However, the Malaysian government does not officially recognise all of these newly refugees as it may encourage more people to enter Malaysia and become a threat to Malaysia's national security.[2] Many of the newly workers and refugees have frequently falling in the hand of human traffickers and been killed by other criminals.[3]

Burmese in Malaysia
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Kuala Lumpur · Selangor · Johor
Burmese · Rohingya · Malay · Chinese · English and other Burmese languages
Buddhism · Islam
Related ethnic groups
Burmese diaspora


Notable peopleEdit

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  1. ^ a b "Figure At A Glance". UNHCR Malaysia. 2014. Archived from the original on 30 December 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Trafficking and Extortion of Burmese Migrants in Malaysia and Southern Thailand". United States Government Publishing Office. 3 April 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  3. ^ "We could address issues of protection of Myanmar workers, actions to be taken against attackers and security of those who want to continue to work there". Government of Myanmar. Myanmar President Office. Retrieved 30 December 2014.

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