3 Factors Informing Language Services in the U.S. (Infographic)

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Diversity in our country is at the heart of America. As populations continue to shift, and we become more diverse, the need for effective language services increases in all industries across the United States and qualified interpreters and translators are high-value members in serving the needs of language diverse populations.

The growing need for language services and new technologies like Video Remote Interpreting is shaped by many population and demographic trends. Becoming aware of these trends and factors will to provide the best quality language services that fit the needs of today’s diverse populations.


Three factors currently informing language services in the United States

Foreign-born Populations

Over the past 50 years, 59 Million immigrants have come to the United States, driving population growth and change. About 14% of the total U.S. population is foreign-born. Immigration trends highlight the need for effective language interpretation solutions across the U.S. Pew Research


Language Diversity and Limited English Proficiency

The United States Census Bureau reports at least 350 languages spoken in U.S. homes and over 25 million people were considered to have Limited English Proficiency. Language access programs serve the needs of the growing LEP population in the U.S. in all major industries. 


New Immigration Trends

Asian populations rising due to immigration. The largest source of new immigrants to the United States is Asia, overtaking Latin America (including Mexico). Asians are now the only major racial or ethnic group whose numbers are rising mainly because of immigration. New immigration trends make expanding current language services a necessity to serve these populations. Pew Research Findings
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What does this mean for organizations looking to offer high-quality language services? Being aware of the factors that are molding the language services industry will help provide meaningful language access to different populations. Expanding your language services to include new and emerging technologies can also be an effective way to reduce costs while offering more comprehensive solutions.
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