There is no legal recognition of asylum-seekers or refugees under Malaysian law. Unfortunately, they are treated as illegal migrants by the authorities and are at risk of arrest and detention, and depend on UNHCR for protection. Refugee children and youth are not allowed to access the Malaysian education system, which is why the CSO schools are so important. Without them, Chin refugee children would not be able to continue their education.
Chins have found homes and lives in other countries, but for those still living in countries like Malaysia the wait is long up to 10 years, but we make the most of what little we have. Around 13 years ago some students from University in Myanmar noticed the Chin children walking around the streets of KL, because they could not attend schools in Malaysia, and the students took it on themselves to teach the children and keep them off the streets. Children form 3 to 16 years old.