African migration to Malaysia comprise migrants and residents from Africa and their descendants living in Malaysia. Many of them are illegal residents while there are a smaller number of students and fewer permanent residents. Immigration of Africans to Malaysia and other Asian countries has become increasingly common due to tighter restrictions on immigration in Europe.
In 2012, around 79,352 Africans entered Malaysia legally and 25,467 student visas have been issued to Africans.
From January to October 2011, the Malaysian Immigration Department has arrested 764 Africans, and compounded 1,107 Africans with other 146 been deported back to their countries. There has been much emphasis on involvement in crimes such as drug trafficking, rape, robbery, murder and ‘black money’,