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Malaysia Immigration Detention

Malaysia is a magnet for migrants and asylum seekers despite its poor human rights record and failure to ratify key human rights treaties. Illegal entry and stay is criminalized and migrants often serve prison sentences before being transferred to one of twelve “immigration depots” while awaiting deportation. Caning, a legacy of British colonial rule, is widespread. In 2013, more than 5,000 foreigners were caned.

Malaysia Quick Facts

  • Immigration detainees:
    68,000
    Detained minors:
    1,196
    Persons expelled :
    10,000
    International migrants:
    2,469,200
    New asylum applications :
    20,183