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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Kabardins
Malay
Orang Kabardin
Category of Word
Population groups
Kachin
Malay
Orang Kachin
Category of Word
Population groups
Kalenjin
Malay
Orang Kalenjin
Category of Word
Population groups
Kalmyks
Malay
Orang Kalmyk
Category of Word
Population groups
Kanak
Malay
Orang Kanak
Category of Word
Population groups
Karachais
Malay
Orang Karachay
Category of Word
Population groups
Karakalpaks
Malay
Orang Karakalpak
Category of Word
Population groups
Karelians
Malay
Orang Karelia
Category of Word
Population groups
Karen
Malay
Orang Karen
Category of Word
Population groups
Karenni
Malay
Orang Karenni
Category of Word
Population groups
Kashmiris
Malay
Orang Kashmir
Category of Word
Population groups
Kazakh minorities
Malay
Minoriti Kazakh
Category of Word
Population groups
Kazakhs
Malay
Orang Kazakh
Category of Word
Population groups
Kazakhstan
Malay
Kazakhstan
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Kenya
Malay
Kenya
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Kenyans
Malay
Orang Kenya
Category of Word
Population groups
Kikuyu
Malay
Orang Kikuyu
Category of Word
Population groups
Killings
Malay
Pembunuhan
Category of Word
Human Rights
Kimbundu
Malay
Orang Kimbundu
Category of Word
Population groups
Kinship
Malay
Hubungan kekeluargaan/Tali persaudaraan
Category of Word
Family
Kiribati
Malay
Kiribati
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Kiribatians
Malay
Orang Kiribati
Category of Word
Population groups
Kits
Malay
Kit
Category of Word
Communication and information
Komi
Malay
Orang Komi
Category of Word
Population groups
Koochis
Malay
Orang Koochi
Category of Word
Population groups
Korean minorities
Malay
Minoriti Korea
Category of Word
Population groups
Kumyks
Malay
Orang Kumyk
Category of Word
Population groups
Kurds
Malay
Orang Kurdi
Category of Word
Population groups
Kuwait
Malay
Kuwait
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Kuwaitis
Malay
Orang Kuwait
Category of Word
Population groups
Kyrgyz
Malay
Orang Kyrgyz
Category of Word
Population groups
Kyrgyz minorities
Malay
Minoriti Kyrgyz
Category of Word
Population groups
Kyrgyzstan
Malay
Kyrgyzstan
Category of Word
Geographical areas