COVID-19 and refugees in Malaysia: an NGO Response

Sharuna Verghis, Xavier Pereira, Anesha Kumar, Ashley Koh, Asha Singh-Lim

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Abstract

COVID-19, a watershed moment in global health, has brought health inequalities into sharp focus exposing structural disadvantage and institutional discrimination experienced by disenfranchised populations. Focusing on urban refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia who are deemed of irregular status under the law, this field report outlines the legal and policy responses of the government and the impact of COVID-19 on refugees. It also highlights the organisational response of an organisation working with refugees in the greater Kuala Lumpur area. As pandemics become a reality of our times, it is imperative that pandemic preparedness and mitigation strategies adopt inclusive and universal approaches that include migrant populations such as refugees and asylum seekers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-20
Number of pages6
JournalIntervention
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

Keywords

  • asylum seekers
  • COVID-19
  • Malaysia
  • mental health
  • refugees

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