Africans in Malaysia
|70,000 (2012 estimate)|
|Regions with significant populations|
|Kuala Lumpur · Negeri Sembilan · Selangor|
|English · Malay · Arabic|
|Islam · Christianity|
|Related ethnic groups|
African Malaysians are people of full or partial African descent who were born in or immigrated to Malaysia. Large-scale immigration from Africa to Malaysia is only a recent phenomenon, with Europe and Asia traditionally being the largest sources of migration to Malaysia.
African Malaysians are of diverse cultural, linguistic, racial, religious, educational, and employment backgrounds. The majority of African emigrants to Malaysia are from southern and eastern Africa. Most come as students, businessmen and tourists while some are illegal residents in the country. Immigration of Africans to Malaysia and other Asian countries has become increasingly common due to tighter restrictions on immigration in Europe. Many of them also come to Malaysia for "medical tourism" due to a much cheaper cost than in Europe.
Illegal immigrant and crime issues
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’,
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