PUTRAJAYA — July 11, 2019: A total of 524,100 people migrated in Malaysia last year, a decrease by 112,900 compared to 2016, according to findings by the migration survey report done every two years.
The main reason for migration last year was to follow other family members (44.2%), career (24.3%) and moving homes or looking for a new environment (22.4%).
The survey provides the main statistics of migration according to demographics and socio-economic factors.
Chief Statistician Datuk Dr. Mohd. Uzir Mahidin said nearly two-thirds, or 60.8 per cent of the migrants, were involved in intra-state migration.
The highest percentage of intra-state migration was from town to town, although it decreased to 66.9 per cent last year from 71.0 per cent in 2016.
The number of migrants who moved to other states increased to 28.5 per cent, up 3.6 per cent from 2016. Selangor was the main destination with 9,500 migrants last year.
Kuala Lumpur registered the highest number of migrants leaving in 2018, with 22,500 people. — Bernama