A Constant Issue of Foreign Workers

Over the past decades, Malaysia has seen a rapid influx of migrant workers and represents one of the prime destinations for migrant workers. Within the SEA region, there is an average net outward migration of about 69,000 people in 2015. Among all SEA countries, only Singapore and Malaysia has experienced net inward migration in 2015. Malaysia recorded the highest net inward migration in 2015 at about 110,000 people, followed by Singapore at about 84,000 people. Generally, a net inward migration is viewed as beneficial as it serves to strengthen the country’s economy, especially where the migration is driven by economic motivations (e.g. expatriates, global workforce, etc.) The economic-driven migration is certainly true for both Singapore and Malaysia.

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