Securitising Irregular Migration, Refugees, and Potential Security Threats in Malaysia

  • Ravi Mahalingam Freelance Researcher, Malaysia.
Keywords: Irregular migration, Refugee, Security, Securitisation theory


This paper deals with the question of how the influx of irregular immigrants, particularly refugees, and their protracted stay in Malaysia has developed into a matter of security in the country. The fundamental objective of this paper is to analyse the potential threats often associated with the issue and the response from the Government of Malaysia. Qualitative data for this paper was obtained through open-source materials and semi-structured interviews with public officials from government enforcement agencies like the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP), the Immigration Department of Malaysia, and officers from the Ministry of Home Affairs. Besides, various reports from non-governmental organizations, international organizations, and news media helped to collate and provide a comprehensive analysis of the subject matter. This paper employed securitisation theory to explain how the issues related to the influx of refugees and their protracted stay in the country, especially during the Covid-19 situation, were transformed into security agenda by the securitising agents and the subsequent measures taken to combat the threat. 


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How to Cite
Mahalingam, R. (2022) “Securitising Irregular Migration, Refugees, and Potential Security Threats in Malaysia”, Malaysian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (MJSSH), 7(8), p. e001683. doi: 10.47405/mjssh.v7i8.1683.