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MarchVolume 4, Number 3 Malaysia: New Law Prompts Exits Malaysia's new immigration law went into effect on February 1,when 1, illegal workers were detained and many illegal Bangladeshis attempted to leave Malaysia surreptitiously to avoid heavy fines. Thailand's Immigration Police Bureau announced that it would try to prevent foreigners without proper documents from entering Thailand from Malaysia.
Thousands of illegal Bangladeshis who had departed Malaysia were reportedly detained in southern Thailand in January, According to Thai authorities, "These Bangladeshi laborers are very happy to get caught in Thailand because they are fed and given shelter here.
The Malaysian government believes that up to 50, Bangladeshis are waiting on the Thai side of border for a chance to enter Malaysia.
The Malaysian government crackdown began in January and many Bangladeshis are fleeing to Thailand. The Thai border police went on full alert along the Malaysian border in February in order to prevent illegal aliens who were fleeing Malaysia's crackdown on aliens from entering Thailand. In the past month, the Thai border police have arrested illegal workers who were pushed back to the Thai border by Malaysian police, according to the Thai government.
Someillegals in Malaysia had registered during the six-month amnesty period from July-December Another 5, illegal workers registered in an extended amnesty offer that permitted illegal workers to pay a fine and leave Malaysia without prosecution in January Malaysia has detained some 8, Myanmar nationals and announced that Myanmar has agreed to cooperate with Malaysia in identifying its nationals and accepting their return.
Malaysia returned 10, Myanmar nationals since Inthe Malaysian government spent RM 14 million to detain and deport illegal immigrants. Despite improved amenities and wages, UPAM estimated that there was a shortage of 87, workers in 42, in the oil palm sector, 10, in rubber estates and 35, in cocoa plantations.
Malaysia announced in February that its next target would be foreign professionals working without permits.
Apr 21, · According to the government, Malaysia is home to million registered foreign workers, in a workforce that totaled million in Illegal foreign workers number at least 1 million, and. Violating immigration laws is one way illegal immigrants con their way into earning more. And, if they return to their home countries undetected, there is no guarantee that they will not return to Malaysia. Illegal immigration to Malaysia is the cross-border movement of people to Malaysia under conditions where official authorisation is lacking, breached, expired, fraudulent, or irregular.
Sarawak, which like Sabah has its own immigration policy, announced that there were 37, legal foreign workers, mostly Indonesians, in Sarawak, employed in the construction sites, agriculture, sawmills and plywood factories and service sector.
Sabah will offer the estimatedIndonesian and Filipino illegal immigrants a chance to legalize their status for six months between March 1, and August 31, Registered Indonesian and Filipino immigrants are allowed to work in the plantation, agriculture, fisheries, husbandry, construction, logging, manufacturing and mining sectors, and as house maids, shop and restaurant assistants and gas station pump attendants.
Each legal foreign worker in Sabah is allowed to have his wife and children under 16 with him. No need for foreigners to join unions," Business Times, February 19, Sent packing," The Economist, February 8, The case has put in focus the serious problem of illegal immigrants in the country.
It was one of the biggest hauls of illegal immigrants to court and it proved that Johor was a state where many migrants entered and exited the country at legal and illegal entry points.
What makes a foreigner illegal? The Immigration Department of Malaysia has a long list of definitions on their site but we'll summarise it down to: Foreigners who are staying in Malaysia beyond the approved period, or do not have approved paper work like visas and permits.
"Please don't deport us".
Image from attheheels.com The issue of illegal immigration has long been controversial in the United States. In , President George W. Bush called for Congress to endorse his guest worker proposal, stating that illegal immigrants took jobs that Americans would not take. Jun 08, · In recent years, Malaysia has flip-flopped on labor policy.
At times it has offered amnesty to illegal immigrants on a smaller scale, but in , Malaysia banned the hiring of new foreign workers.
The government has vacillated in its approach to illegal immigration over the past decade, from whipping and fining people for working illegally in Malaysia, to registering million of an estimated two million undocumented foreigners for an amnesty program in Malaysia's new immigration law went into effect on February 1, , when 1, illegal workers were detained and many illegal Bangladeshis attempted to leave Malaysia surreptitiously to avoid heavy fines.
Under the new immigration law, employers can be fined M$10, to M$50, ($4, to $20,