Refugee languages

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Infographic on International Mother Language Day 2016

Munich, 18 February 2016 – 21 February marks International Mother Language Day. In view of the influx of refugees to Europe, lingoking is using this day as an occasion to highlight the various native languages spoken by refugees and migrants in Germany. The global language services providers has created a comprehensive infographic showing the key facts and figures on this very relevant and current topic.

International Mother Language Day was introduced by the United Nations in 2000 at the suggestion of UNESCO, and aims to remind people of the “importance of language as a cultural asset”, according to the Deutsche UNESCO-Kommission e.V. There are around 6,000 languages spoken around the world, half of which are threatened with extinction according to UNESCO.

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Further information:

lingoking infographic ”Refugee languages” (Download)
UNESCO world atlas of threatened languages
UNESCO website for International Mother Language Day

About lingoking

lingoking is the universal online market place for language services and connects people with a professional interpreter or translator within minutes. Every year, lingoking translates over 9 million words, interprets over 6,000 hours on location and more than 9,500 minutes over the telephone, for more than 4,400 customers from all over the world. More than 5,100 registered interpreters and translators in over 840 cities are employed by lingoking. lingoking has its headquarters in Munich and a subsidiary company in the Czech Republic. 

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