UNHCR Malaysia to launch new identity card to prevent fraud

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  • Monday, 20 Jun 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Malaysia will be launching a new refugee identity card with enhanced security features on Tuesday.  

UNHCR Malaysia representative Richard Towle (pic) said the new card would contain biometric features that would make it harder to duplicate.  

Towle said this to reporters here at the opening ceremony of a UNHCR’s expert roundtable discussion on Monday.  

It was recently reported that there were syndicates selling falsified refugee identity cards.  

As of April 2016, there were 154,140 refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR in Malaysia.   

More than 90% of them were from Myanmar while the others were from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine and Iran.


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