Granting refugees in Malaysia the right to work would add 3 billion Malaysian ringgit to Malaysia’s GDP by 2024: in the news

In April 2019, in partnership with leading Malaysian think tank IDEAS, the Tent Partnership for Refugees published ‘The Economic Impact of Granting Refugees in Malaysia the Right to Work’ – a report which uncovers the economic benefits of allowing refugees in Malaysia the right to work legally.

Launched at an event at the International Institute of Islamic Civilisation and Malay World (ISTAC), and featuring high-profile speakers such as Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder of Tent and CEO of Chobani, Mehmet Şimşek, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey and, Nurul IzzahAnwar, a Member of the Malaysian Parliament, the research garnered nation-wide coverage in major Malaysian and international press, including Astro Awani, BFM radio, The Star, Free Malaysia Today, The Borneo Post, and Voice of America.

Speaking to Free Malaysia Today, Ali Salman, CEO of IDEAS, said, “Malaysia already has a good record of providing a safe haven for those in need, and that refugees can also make an important contribution to the economy. The government should move forward with its manifesto promise to give refugees the right to work and encourage them to make the best possible contribution to Malaysia.”

Read more coverage about the research on BFM, Astro Awani, Free Malaysia Today, Voice of America, and the Star.


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