PhD Candidate, The University of Queensland

Master of Public Policy, University of Malaya

Bachelor of Business Administration, Australian National University

Diplomacy Training Program, University of New South Wales


Research interests

Refugee policy

Work rights

Labour migration


Research grant

Reimagining Refugee Integration and Realizing Sustainable Development Goals (2020) funded by The Japan Foundation and organised by The Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS)


Selected publications

Book chapters

Somiah, V. & Jalil, A. A. (2021). Incessant Political Narratives: Perilous Migrants and The Treacherous East, Sabah from the Ground: The 2020 Elections and the Politics of Survival (pp. 113-131). Edited by Welsh, B. & Somiah, V. ISBN: 978-981-4951-68-5    

Jalil, A. A. (2021). ‘Malaysian Malaysia’: United or Divided?, Southeast Asia, Infected and Interrupted: Elevating Critical Voices on the State of Human Rights and Peace in the Time of Covid-19. SHAPE-SEA. Edited by Barredo, J. M., Khoo, Y. H. & Wiratraman, H. P.

Jalil, A. A. & Razak, M. S. A. (2016). Who is the Custodian of Refugees in Malaysia?, Selected Malaysian Public Agencies; Consequences of Policy Action and Inaction (pp. 415-453). Kuala Lumpur: International Institute of Public Policy and Management (INPUMA).

Nursyazwani & Jalil, A. A. (2021).  Rohingya and Social Media: Negotiating Moral Refugee-ness in Time of Pandemic, New Media in the Margins: Lived realities and experiences from the Malaysian peripheries. Edited by Loh, B. & Chin, J. (forthcoming)

Jalil, A. A. (2021). Rights at Work for Refugees in Malaysia: Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 8, Reimagining refugee integration and realizing Sustainable Development Goals: The cases of Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan. Edited by Wahab, A. & Khalid, N. (forthcoming)

Hoffstaedter, G. & Jalil, A. A. (2021). The (un)official Refugee Protection Regime in Malaysia: What is the Way Forward? Rethinking Refugee Protection in Southeast Asia: Between Responsibility and Sovereignty. Edited by Kneebone, S. Antje Missbach, A. & Reyvi Marina, R. (forthcoming)


Policy papers

ReAct (2020, August 25).  Allowing Refugees to Work: Utilising the Skills & Labour of the Current Population of Refugees in Malaysia. A policy brief discussed with and submitted to the Minister of Human Resources of Malaysia.

Jalil, A. A. (2017). Chin and Rohingya Refugees in Malaysia. Presented and submitted to the Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur.

Jalil, A. A. (2017). Foreign Workers in Malaysia. Submitted to the Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur.



Jalil, A. A. (2021). The paradox of Malaysia’s ‘humanitarian grounds’, Border Criminologies. Available at https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/research-subject-groups/centre-criminology/centreborder-criminologies/blog/2021/07/paradox-malaysias

Jalil, A. A. & Prabandari, A. (2021). Persecution, dire living conditions keep pushing Rohingya to seek better refuge, The Conversation. Available at https://theconversation.com/persecution-dire-living-conditions-keep-pushing-rohingya-to-seek-better-refuge-154489

Jalil, A. A. (2019). The right to work can empower refugees in Malaysia, The Conversation. Available at https://theconversation.com/the-right-to-work-can-empower-refugees-in-malaysia-119666

Jalil, A. A. (2019). Time for a comprehensive policy for refugees, Free Malaysia Today. Available at https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2019/02/25/time-for-a-comprehensive-policy-for-refugees/

Jalil, A. A. (2015). Solutions for Malaysia’s long-suffering refugees, New Mandala. Available at http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2015/08/05/solutions-for-malaysias-long-suffering-refugees/



BFM: The Business Radio Station [2021, April 15]. Rights awareness among foreign workers. Available at https://www.bfm.my/podcast/evening-edition/evening-edition/rights-awareness-among-foreign-workers

BFM: The Business Radio Station [2021, March 17]. What if Malaysia… ratified the UN refugee convention? Available at https://www.bfm.my/podcast/the-bigger-picture/live-learn/what-if-malaysia-ratified-the-un-refugee-convention-7

BFM: The Business Radio Station [2017, October 12]Refugees in Malaysia 101. Available     at  https://www.bfm.my/night-school-refugees-in-malaysia-101.html

Rohingya Vision TV interview on Rohingya Solidarity Rally [2016, December 4]. Available at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zT-256BCwE

Study International. "Australia's border closure has been tough on this PhD candidate, but he's soldiering on." https://www.studyinternational.com/news/the-university-of-queensland-phd/

HASS 3MT Final [2019, August 16] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BYU30gmaD8