Are economic migrants trying to pass off as refugees in Malaysia 2019

This statistic shows the result of a survey conducted in Malaysia on May 2019 on whether most of the foreigners seeking refuge in Malaysia are actually economic migrants and not refugees. According to data from Ipsos, the majority of Malaysian respondents, 61 percent, agreed that these foreigners were economic migrants and not 'real' refugees.

Share of respondents who believe that most of the foreigners claiming to be refugees in Malaysia are actually economic migrants as of May 2019

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Source

Release date

June 2019

Region

Malaysia

Survey time period

April 19 to May 3, 2019

Number of respondents

500+

Age group

16-74 years

Special properties

respondents produced a national sample that is more urban & educated, and with higher incomes than their fellow citizens

Method of interview

Online interview

Supplementary notes

The question asked in the survey was as follows: "Thinking about your country, do you agree or disagree with the following statements? Most foreigners who want to get into my country as a refugee really aren't refugees. They just want to come here for economic reasons, or to take advantage of our welfare services."

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