Refugee Lexicon

Updated: 27 April 2021

Since the drafting of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, important policy and guidance documents have been developed primarily in the English language. Similarly, throughout UNHCR’s engagement in Malaysia, the Office has utilized both English and Malay language mediums in order to effectively communicate with government, public, and refugee communities.

Recognising a gap of standardised refugee-related terms within the Malay language, UNHCR has developed the Refugee Lexicon: Translation of Related Terms into the Malay Language. UNHCR identified common terms in English and engaged with in-house technical experts who are native Malay language speakers to provide practical translations that can be used in the ordinary vernacular. Approximately 3,000 terms that are commonly used in discussions on the refugee context were compiled and translated.

UNHCR reviewed these translations and referred to translations used by the Malay language authority, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka. The Refugee Lexicon is a living document which will be periodically reviewed and updated.

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B status
Malay
Status B
Category of Word
Granting or denial of refugee status
Bacterial diseases
Malay
penyakit bakteria
Category of Word
Diseases
Baganda
Malay
Orang Baganda
Category of Word
Population groups
Bahais
Malay
Orang Bahai
Category of Word
Population groups
Bahamas
Malay
Bahamas
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Bahamians
Malay
Orang Bahama
Category of Word
Population groups
Bahrain
Malay
Bahrain
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Bahrainis
Malay
Orang Bahrain
Category of Word
Population groups
Bail
Malay
Ikat jamin
Category of Word
Administration of justice
Bakhtiaris
Malay
Orang Bakhtiaris
Category of Word
Population groups
Balkans
Malay
Balkan
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Balkars
Malay
Orang Balkar
Category of Word
Population groups
Baltic States
Malay
Negara-negara Baltik
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Baluchis
Malay
Orang Baluchi
Category of Word
Population groups
Bangladesh
Malay
Bangladesh
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Bangladeshis
Malay
Orang Bangladesh
Category of Word
Population groups
Bank
Malay
Bank
Category of Word
Finance
Banyarwanda
Malay
Orang Banyarwanda
Category of Word
Population groups
Baptists
Malay
Orang Baptis
Category of Word
Population groups
Barbadians
Malay
Orang Barbados
Category of Word
Population groups
Barbadians
Malay
Orang Bajan
Category of Word
Population groups
Barbados
Malay
Barbados
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Barbudans
Malay
Orang Barbudan
Category of Word
Population groups
barefoot doctors
Malay
tabib
Category of Word
Labour and employment
Barter
Malay
barter
Category of Word
Trade
Barter
Malay
tukang barang
Category of Word
Trade
Barter system
Malay
sistem barter
Category of Word
Trade
Basarwa
Malay
Orang Basarwa
Category of Word
Population groups
Bashkirs
Malay
Orang Bashkir
Category of Word
Population groups
Basic education
Malay
Pendidikan asas
Category of Word
Education and language
Basic human standards
Malay
Piawaian asasi manusia
Category of Word
Entry, admission and reception
Basic needs
Malay
Keperluan asas
Category of Word
Refugee assistance
Basic services
Malay
Perkhidmatan asas
Category of Word
Social work and services
Basic training
Malay
latihan asas
Category of Word
Education and language
Basotho
Malay
Orang Basotho
Category of Word
Population groups
Basques
Malay
Orang Basque
Category of Word
Population groups
Batswana
Malay
Orang Batswana
Category of Word
Population groups
Batwa
Malay
Orang Batwa
Category of Word
Population groups
Bedouins
Malay
Orang Bedouin
Category of Word
Population groups
Behaviour
Malay
tingkahlaku
Category of Word
Psychology
Behaviour
Malay
kelakuan
Category of Word
Psychology
Behaviour
Malay
perangai
Category of Word
Psychology
Behaviour
Malay
tabiat
Category of Word
Psychology
Belarus
Malay
Belarus
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Belarusian minorities
Malay
Minoriti Belarus
Category of Word
Population groups
Belarusians
Malay
Orang Belarus
Category of Word
Population groups
Belgians
Malay
Orang Belgium
Category of Word
Population groups
Belgium
Malay
Belgium
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Belief system
Malay
Sistem Kepercayaan
Category of Word
Belief Systems and religions
Belize
Malay
Belize
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Belizeans
Malay
Orang Belize
Category of Word
Population groups
Benefit of the doubt
Malay
Manfaat keraguan
Category of Word
Refugee status determination
Benefits
Malay
Faedah
Category of Word
Social security
Benefits
Malay
Manfaat
Category of Word
Social security
Benin
Malay
Benin
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Beninese
Malay
Orang Benin
Category of Word
Population groups
Berbers
Malay
Orang Berbers
Category of Word
Population groups
Bermuda
Malay
Bermuda
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Best practice
Malay
Amalan terbaik
Category of Word
Management & Research
Bhutan
Malay
Bhutan
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Bhutanese
Malay
Orang Bhutan
Category of Word
Population groups
Biafrans
Malay
Orang Biafrans
Category of Word
Population groups
Bibliographies
Malay
Bibliografi
Category of Word
Communication and information
Bidoun
Malay
Orang Bidoun
Category of Word
Population groups
Biharis
Malay
Orang Bihari
Category of Word
Population groups
Bilateral treaties
Malay
Perjanjian dua hala
Category of Word
International law
Bilingual
Malay
dwibahasa
Category of Word
Education and language
Biographies
Malay
Biografi
Category of Word
Communication and information
Biological weapons
Malay
Senjata biologi
Category of Word
Conflict
Biological Weapons Convention
Malay
Konvensyen Senjata Biologi
Category of Word
International humanitarian law
Biological Weapons Convention 1972
Malay
Konvensyen Senjata Biologi 1972
Category of Word
International humanitarian law
Biology
Malay
biologi
Category of Word
Science
Biotechnology
Malay
bioteknologi
Category of Word
Science
Birth
Malay
kelahiran
Category of Word
Maternal and child health
Birth statistics
Malay
Statistik kelahiran
Category of Word
Population
Black market
Malay
pasar gelap
Category of Word
Trade
Boat people
Malay
Orang perahu
Category of Word
Refugees and other groups of concern
Boat people
Malay
Orang bot
Category of Word
Refugees and other groups of concern
Bolivia
Malay
Bolivia
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Bolivians
Malay
Orang Bolivia
Category of Word
Population groups
Book reviews
Malay
Ulasan buku
Category of Word
Communication and information
Border camps
Malay
Kem sempadan
Category of Word
Accommodation
Border controls
Malay
Kawalan sempadan
Category of Word
Entry, admission and reception
Border crossers
Malay
Perentas sempadan
Category of Word
Population groups
Border crossers
Malay
pelintas sempadan
Category of Word
Population groups
Border settlements
Malay
Petempatan [di/di kawasan] sempadan
Category of Word
Human settlements
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Malay
Bosnia dan Herzegovina
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Bosnians
Malay
Orang Bosnia
Category of Word
Population groups
Botswana
Malay
Bostwana
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Bottle Feeding
Malay
menyusu botol
Category of Word
Maternal and child health
Boundaries
Malay
Sempadan
Category of Word
Politics
Brain drain
Malay
Perhijrahan cendekiawan
Category of Word
Migration
Brazil
Malay
Brazil
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Brazilians
Malay
Orang Brazil
Category of Word
Population groups
Breach of contract
Malay
Pelanggaran kontrak
Category of Word
Legal concepts
Breast feeding
Malay
menyusu dada
Category of Word
Maternal and child health
bricks
Malay
batu-bata
Category of Word
Technology and construction
bridges
Malay
jambatan
Category of Word
Transport
British Indian Ocean Territories
Malay
Wilayah Lautan Hindi British
Category of Word
Geographical areas
British overseas passport holders
Malay
Pemegang pasport luar negara Britain
Category of Word
Population groups
British Virgin Islands
Malay
Kepulauan Virgin British
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Brunei Darussalam
Malay
Brunei Darussalam
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Bruneians
Malay
Orang Brunei
Category of Word
Population groups
Bubis
Malay
Orang Bubis
Category of Word
Population groups
Buddhists
Malay
Orang Buddha
Category of Word
Population groups
Buddism
Malay
Agama Buddha
Category of Word
Belief Systems and religions
Budget
Malay
Belanjawan
Category of Word
Finance
Budgeting
Malay
Belanjawan
Category of Word
Finance
Bulgaria
Malay
Bulgaria
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Bulgarian minorities
Malay
Minoriti Bulgaria
Category of Word
Population groups
Bulgarians
Malay
Orang Bulgaria
Category of Word
Population groups
Burden sharing
Malay
Perkongsian beban
Category of Word
Refugee assistance
Burder of proof
Malay
Beban bukti
Category of Word
Refugee status determination
Burkina Faso
Malay
Burkina Faso
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Burkinabese
Malay
Orang Burkina Faso
Category of Word
Population groups
Burmese
Malay
Orang Burma
Category of Word
Population groups
Burmese
Malay
Orang Myanmar
Category of Word
Population groups
Burundi
Malay
Burundi
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Burundians
Malay
Orang Burundi
Category of Word
Population groups
Buryats
Malay
Orang Buryat
Category of Word
Population groups
Business and industry
Malay
perniagaan dan industri
Category of Word
Business and industry
bussinessmen
Malay
ahli perniagaan
Category of Word
Labour and employment