Foreign workers struggle in Malaysia

Some of the 4 million foreign workers in the country barely earn enough to pay back debts to employment agents.

    Malaysia is home to millions of undocumented foreign workers mainly from Indonesia, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal, with many paying agents more than a $1,000 to come to the country.

    When they arrive, they find that the jobs they were expecting are unstable and are often left with no way of making a living.

    The situation for some migrants is so bad that Nepal's ambassador fears many of the unemployed men in Malaysia's capital will turn to crime to survive.

    Al Jazeera's Stephanie Scawen reports from Kuala Lumpur.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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