Story: Refugees

Help with the English language

Help with the English language

Many refugees, whose move from one country to another is not planned, arrive in New Zealand with a poor command of English. To help them overcome their language difficulties, a community interpreting service was set up in Wellington in 1983. By the 1990s, the organisation was offering phone access to interpreters.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
Reference: EP-Ethnology-General, Ethnic groups in New Zealand-05

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Ann Beaglehole, 'Refugees - Controlling the flow of refugees', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/1112/help-with-the-english-language (accessed 23 September 2020)

Story by Ann Beaglehole, published 8 Feb 2005