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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Jainism
Malay
Jainisme
Category of Word
Belief Systems and religions
Jains
Malay
Orang Jain
Category of Word
Population groups
Jamaica
Malay
Jamaica
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Jamaicans
Malay
Orang Jamaica
Category of Word
Population groups
Japan
Malay
Jepun
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Japanese
Malay
Orang Jepun
Category of Word
Population groups
Jehovahs Witnesses
Malay
Orang Jehovah's Witnesses
Category of Word
Population groups
Jews
Malay
Orang Yahudi
Category of Word
Population groups
job satisfaction
Malay
kepuasan kerja
Category of Word
Labour and employment
Jordan
Malay
Jordan
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Jordanians
Malay
Orang Jordan
Category of Word
Population groups
journalists
Malay
wartawan
Category of Word
Labour and employment
Judaism
Malay
Agama Yahudi
Category of Word
Belief Systems and religions
judges
Malay
hakim
Category of Word
Labour and employment
Judicial power
Malay
Kuasa kehakiman
Category of Word
Politics
Judicial reviews
Malay
Ulasan kehakiman
Category of Word
Administration of justice
Judicial system
Malay
Sistem perundangan
Category of Word
Administration of justice
jurists
Malay
juri kehakiman
Category of Word
Labour and employment
jurists
Malay
ahli fikah
Category of Word
Labour and employment
Juvenile delinquency
Malay
Budak-budak salah asuh
Category of Word
Social problems
Juvenile delinquency
Malay
delinkuen juvenil
Category of Word
Social problems