Malaysia’s Refugees Are Not People in Transit

By Regina Hoo

September 2019 FEATURE
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Rohingya children.
It’s difficult to tell apart a refugee and an asylum-seeker from an undocumented migrant or even a trafficked person; we are inclined to lump them all in a single class – as unwelcome outsiders.Public discussion and information about refugees lack cohesive understanding, and this fuels unwarranted racism and xenophobia, says James Lochhead of the Penang Stop Human Trafficking Campaign (PSHTC), which works holistically to tackle situations of vulnerability, exploitation and lack of protection within refugee communities; as well as issues...

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Regina Hoo

is the deputy editor of Penang Monthly.