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UNHCR’s New Refugee Card Has Holograms, Bar Codes

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KUALA LUMPUR: A new identity card issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) can be verified with a smartphone.

The verification can be done with any Android or Iphone via the Secure Quick Response (SQR) code.

The new card includes a number of enhanced security features, including 3D holograms and bar codes.

It is supported by enhanced biometric data collection at the UNHCR office.

The card was launched at the Malaysian UNHCR headquarters in Bukit Petaling on Tuesday.

All newly registered refugees will receive the new cards, with all existing cardholders eventually migrating to it when their card renewal date comes up.

The first card was issued in front of representatives from several government agencies and media outlets.

A card is valid from one to three years.

It was recently reported that there were syndicates selling falsified refugee identity cards.

There are 151,560 refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR in Malaysia as of May 2016, mostly from Myanmar. The others are from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine and Iran.

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