01/27/2017, 14.55
MALAYSIA - NEW ZEALAND
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Wellington praises Kuala Lumpur plan for the support and training of Rohingya

by Joseph Masilamany

 The New Zealand Minister for Immigration on official visit to Malaysia. Ensuring training and placement to open the doors to jobs market. Since 2005, New Zealand has provided for the resettlement of 1,997 refugees from Myanmar, including 277 Rohingya.

Kuala Lumpur (AsiaNews) - The Kuala Lumpur government training and job placement project for Rohingya Muslim immigrants, it is a positive idea that warrants support says the New Zealand Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse, who is on official visit to Malaysia. The executive's goal is to transform the migrants into semi-skilled workers and open the doors of the internal and regional jobs market.

Woodhouse praised the plan launched by the South-East Asian nation to ensure a minimum of training to the Rohingya, also normalizing their rights in the context of the labor market. A plan that should be applied to all migrants who have made their entry into the country.

Asked by reporters after visiting the educational center of Tzu Chi, in Kuala Lumpur, the New Zealand Immigration Minister confirmed support for the project, hoping that "it may succeed." "I understand the concerns - he added - on the standardisation of labor rights, which could push others to emigration. However, in all honesty I do not see this as a significant risk. "

The Rohingya are a Muslim minority (just over a million) originally from Bangladesh living in refugee camps in several parts of the Myanmar where they have been denied citizenship.

As a result of the violence, at least 90 people have died and about 34,000 have been displaced since the beginning of October, with the Burmese government accused of attempting to erase the numerous cases of abuse emerged. The Rohingya population denounce summary executions, arbitrary arrests, rapes, houses torched.

During the official visit to Malaysia, Woodhouse met the deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, renewing support for the work of relocation of Rohingya to third countries, including New Zealand. Zahid pointed out that the professional training project will involve 56 thousand immigrants, refugees cardholders of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Asked about the possibility of opening the entry of Rohingya to New Zealand, Woodhouse explained that the situation is being considered by the Wellington authorities. New Zealand is one of 26 countries that have joined the UN resettlement program for refugees. Every year the country hosts 750 people, 15% of whom are Rohingya migrants coming from Malaysia. Since 2005, New Zealand has provided for the resettlement of 1,997 refugees from Myanmar, including 277 Rohingya.

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