M'sia 13th top source of migrants to UK
Published on: Monday, May 25, 2015
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Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia is the 13th top country of origin of immigrants in the UK with an estimated 9,000 Malaysians arriving there in 2013, according to a report. British paper The Telegraph reported Friday UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) as saying in a study of long-term international migration that China is the country of origin with the highest arrivals there, with 46,000 Chinese nationals moving to the UK two years ago.

According to the ONS, three-quarters of immigrants in Britain go there to work or study.

Malaysia is the only Southeast Asian nation listed among the top 15 countries of origin of migrants to the UK, with other countries including Spain, India, Australia, among others.

Over two million Malaysians are estimated to have emigrated since the country achieved independence in 1957.

Recruitment firm Hays found in a survey published last March that 93 per cent of Malaysians are prepared to leave the country in search of jobs and experience.

According to a World Bank report in 2011, the number of skilled Malaysians living abroad rose 300 per cent in the last two decades, with two out of every 10 Malaysians with tertiary education opting to leave for either Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries or Singapore.

The organisation also highlighted a geographic and ethnic component to the talent outflow, with about 88 per cent of the Malaysian diaspora in Singapore being of ethnic Chinese origin.

The New Economic Policy and other similar pro-Bumiputera policies have been blamed for driving the country's non-Malays to find an exit, with Singapore being the destination of choice for geographic and cultural reasons.


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