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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Wa
Malay
Orang Wa
Category of Word
Population groups
Wage-earning settlements
Malay
Petempatan bergaji
Category of Word
Durable Solutions
Wage-earning settlements
Malay
Penyelesaian gaji
Category of Word
Durable Solutions
wages
Malay
gaji
Category of Word
Labour and employment
wages
Malay
upah
Category of Word
Labour and employment
Wallis and Futuna Islanders
Malay
Orang Kepulauan Wallis dan Futuna
Category of Word
Population groups
Wallis and Futuna Islands
Malay
Kepulauan Wallis dan Futuna
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Walloons
Malay
Orang Walloon
Category of Word
Population groups
War crimes
Malay
Jenayah perang
Category of Word
Human Rights
waste handling and disposal
Malay
pengendalian dan pelupusan sampah
Category of Word
Natural resources and environment
waste recovery
Malay
pemulihan sisa
Category of Word
Natural resources and environment
waste water
Malay
sisa air
Category of Word
Natural resources and environment
wastes
Malay
sisa
Category of Word
Natural resources and environment
water
Malay
air
Category of Word
Natural resources and environment
water sources
Malay
sumber air
Category of Word
Natural resources and environment
water supply
Malay
bekalan air
Category of Word
Natural resources and environment
water tanks
Malay
tangki air
Category of Word
Natural resources and environment
water towers
Malay
menara air
Category of Word
Natural resources and environment
water treatment
Malay
rawatan air
Category of Word
Natural resources and environment
Wealth and income
Malay
kekayaan dan pendapatan
Category of Word
Labour and employment
Weapons
Malay
Senjata
Category of Word
Conflict
Weapons
Malay
Senjata
Category of Word
Conflict
Weapons of mass destruction
Malay
Senjata pemusnah besar-besaran
Category of Word
Conflict
Welfare dependency
Malay
Ketergantungan kebajikan
Category of Word
Social problems
Welfare rights awareness
Malay
Kesedaran hak kebajikan
Category of Word
Social security
well drilling
Malay
penggerudian telaga
Category of Word
Natural resources and environment
Well-founded fear of persecution
Malay
Ketakutan yang berasas terhadap penganiayaan
Category of Word
Persecution
well
Malay
telaga
Category of Word
Natural resources and environment
West Africa
Malay
Afrika Barat
Category of Word
Geographical areas
West Africans
Malay
Orang Afrika Barat
Category of Word
Population groups
Western Europe
Malay
Eropah Barat
Category of Word
Geographical areas
Western Europeans
Malay
Orang Eropah Barat
Category of Word
Population groups
Western Samoans
Malay
Orang Samoa Barat
Category of Word
Population groups
WFP
Malay
Program Makanan Sedunia (WFP)
Category of Word
Organization
WHO
Malay
Pertubuhan Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO)
Category of Word
Organization
Widow
Malay
Balu/Janda
Category of Word
Family
Widowed persons
Malay
Orang yang telah menjadi balu
Category of Word
Family
Widower
Malay
Duda
Category of Word
Family
Wife inheritance
Malay
Peninggalan harta pusaka isteri
Category of Word
UN Gender Group Terms
Wife/Wives
Malay
Isteri/Isteri-isteri
Category of Word
Family
Withdrawal of asylum applications
Malay
Penarikan balik permohonan suaka
Category of Word
Refugee status application
Withdrawal of nationality
Malay
Penarikan balik kewarganegaraan
Category of Word
Nationality and nationality law
Witnesses
Malay
Saksi
Category of Word
Administration of justice
Women
Malay
Perempuan
Category of Word
Population groups
Women and men involved in forced and/or coerced prostitution
Malay
Wanita dan lelaki yang terlibat dalam pelacuran paksa
Category of Word
UN Gender Group Terms
Women centres
Malay
Pusat wanita
Category of Word
Social work and services
Women immigrants
Malay
Pendatang asing wanita
Category of Word
Population groups
Women refugees
Malay
Pelarian wanita
Category of Word
Refugees and other groups of concern
women workers
Malay
pekerja wanita
Category of Word
Labour and employment
Women-at-risk
Malay
Wanita berisiko
Category of Word
Population groups
Womens rights
Malay
Hak wanita
Category of Word
Human Rights
Womens status
Malay
Status wanita
Category of Word
Human Rights
Work permits
Malay
Permit pekerja
Category of Word
Immigration law
workers
Malay
pekerja
Category of Word
Labour and employment
workers
Malay
kakitangan
Category of Word
Labour and employment
Workers' rights
Malay
Hak pekerja
Category of Word
Human Rights
Working class
Malay
Kelas pekerja
Category of Word
Social groups
Working class
Malay
kaum buruh
Category of Word
Social groups
working conditions
Malay
keadaan kerja
Category of Word
Labour and employment
Workshops
Malay
bengkel
Category of Word
Business and industry
World
Malay
Dunia
Category of Word
Geographical areas
World Bank
Malay
Bank Dunia
Category of Word
Organization
World Food Programme (WFP)
Malay
Program Makanan Sedunia (WFP)
Category of Word
Organization
World Health Organization (WHO)
Malay
Pertubuhan Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO)
Category of Word
Organization
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Malay
Pertubuhan Meteorologi Sedunia (WMO)
Category of Word
Organization
World Trade Organization (WTO)
Malay
Pertubuhan Perdagangan Dunia (WTO)
Category of Word
Organization
World War 1
Malay
Perang Dunia Pertama
Category of Word
Conflict
World War 2
Malay
Perang Dunia Kedua
Category of Word
Conflict
World wars
Malay
Perang Dunia
Category of Word
Conflict
Wounds and injuries
Malay
luka dan cedera
Category of Word
Diseases
writers
Malay
penulis
Category of Word
Labour and employment
WTO
Malay
Pertubuhan Perdagangan Dunia (WTO)
Category of Word
Organization