Immigrants in Malaysia comprise a substantial portion of the Malaysian population, numbering as many as two million by some estimates. Most of them are from nearby Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines.
Illegal migrants tend to take odd jobs unpalatable to the local populace, such as working in construction sites and agricultural sectors. Although their presence in Malaysia is against the law, the Malaysian government has not made a serious effort to deport illegal migrants until early 2005, when it was feared that displaced Indonesians affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami would swamp the country.
On June 15, 2009 the US State Department included Malaysia as one of the worst offenders of human trafficking in their blacklist of governments it believes are not doing enough to stop it in their "Trafficking in Persons" report
ILOTV. (January 21, 2014). Welcome: Immigrants in Malaysia. Retrieved March 29, 2020, from EngageMedia Web site: http://www.engagemedia.org/Members/ILOTV/videos/Welcome_to_Malaysia_Immigrants_in_Malaysia.