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CLI’s Language & Immigration Trends

We look at language trends all. the. time. And there are two things we know for sure: Spanish requests dominate and the top 10 requested languages rarely shift. It’s when you look down the list of 230+ languages we offer that things start to be a little more unpredictable (and interesting!).

With more than 350 languages spoken across the U.S. and an ever-shifting population enriched with communities of immigrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants, nothing is static.

To make sure we’re at the ready with interpreters in the languages you need, we keep our finger on the pulse of language and immigration trends across the country. And we’re here to share some glimpses into our monthly data insights, keeping you informed about shifts in the languages your customers speak. 


CLI brings you the latest analysis of refugee data from the Refugee Processing Center (RPC) and our internal language data for interpreting services.


March 2024

In March, languages with the largest month-over-month increases in requests for an interpreter included: 

  • Karen (spoken in Myanmar & Thailand): ↑ 15%
  • Hindi (spoken in India): ↑ 13%
  • Mandarin (spoken in China, Hong Kong, Singapore & Taiwan): ↑ 12%
  • Cantonese (spoken in China & Hong Kong): ↑ 11%
These four languages saw notable increases in requests during March 2024
These four languages saw notable increases in requests during March 2024

This month, the U.S. welcomed 7,431 refugees from 50 countries around the world.

Refugees arriving in the U.S., March 2024

In March, the highest number of refugees arrived from these 4 countries of origin: 

  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo: 1,993 refugees
  • Afghanistan: 1,031 refugees
  • Myanmar (formerly Burma): 765 refugees
  • Syria: 594 refugees

The states that resettled the highest number of refugees in March were Texas, California, New York, and Pennsylvania.

The U.S. also welcomed an additional 2,444 people through the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program in March, primarily from Afghanistan. The states that resettled the highest number of SIV recipients were California, Texas, Washington, and Maryland.


February 2024

In February, languages with the largest month-over-month increases in requests for an interpreter included: 

  • Amharic (spoken in Ethiopia): ↑ 31%
  • Sudanese Arabic (spoken in Sudan): ↑ 25%
  • Polish (spoken in Lithuania & Poland): ↑ 16%
  • Tagalog (spoken in the Philippines): ↑ 13%
These four languages saw notable increases in requests during February 2024

This month, the U.S. welcomed 10,252 refugees from 52 countries around the world.

Refugees arriving in the U.S., February 2024

In February, the highest number of refugees arrived from these 4 countries of origin: 

  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo: 2,373 refugees
  • Afghanistan: 1,299 refugees
  • Venezuela: 1,230 refugees
  • Syria: 981 refugees

The states that resettled the highest number of refugees in February were Texas, California, Florida, and New York.

The U.S. also welcomed an additional 2,762 people through the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program in February, primarily from Afghanistan. The states that resettled the highest number of SIV recipients were California, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.


January 2024

In January, languages with the largest month-over-month increases in requests for an interpreter included: 

  • Tagalog (spoken in the Philippines): ↑ 52%
  • Khmer/Cambodian (spoken in Cambodia & Vietnam): ↑ 26%
  • Tigrinya (spoken in Eritrea & Ethiopia): ↑ 24%
  • American Sign Language (used in the U.S.): ↑ 21%
These four languages saw notable increases in requests during January 2024

This month, the U.S. welcomed 9,200 refugees from 57 countries around the world — a 32% increase to the number of refugees entering the U.S. in December.

Refugees arriving in the U.S., January 2024

In January, the highest number of refugees arrived from these 4 countries of origin: 

  • Afghanistan: 1,723 refugees
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo: 1,695 refugees 
  • Syria: 1,356 refugees
  • Myanmar (formerly Burma): 765 refugees

The states that resettled the highest number of refugees in January were California, Texas, New York, and Pennsylvania.

The U.S. also welcomed an additional 2,840 people through the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program in January, primarily from Afghanistan. The states that resettled the highest number of SIV recipients were California, Virginia, Washington, and Texas.


December 2023

In December, languages with the largest month-over-month increases in requests for an interpreter included: 

  • Mam (spoken in Guatemala): ↑ 45%
  • Mongolian (spoken in Mongolia): ↑ 26%
  • Sudanese Arabic (spoken in Sudan): ↑ 20%
  • Romanian (spoken in Romania): ↑ 6%
These four languages saw notable increases in requests during December 2023

This month, the U.S. welcomed 6,964 refugees from 49 countries around the world.

Refugees arriving in the U.S., December 2023

In December, the highest number of refugees arrived from these 4 countries of origin: 

  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo: 1,909 refugees
  • Syria: 1,215 refugees
  • Afghanistan: 1,071 refugees
  • Myanmar (formerly Burma): 393 refugees

The states that resettled the highest number of refugees in December were California, Texas, Washington, and New York.

The U.S. also welcomed an additional 2,793 people through the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program in December, primarily from Afghanistan. The states that resettled the highest number of SIV recipients were California, Virginia, Washington, and Texas.


November 2023

In November, languages with the largest month-over-month increases in requests for an interpreter included: 

  • French Creole (spoken in Haiti & the U.S.): ↑ 21%
  • Lao (spoken in Laos): ↑ 16%
  • American Sign Language (used in the U.S.): ↑ 10%
  • Albanian (spoken in Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia & Montenegro): ↑ 8%
These four languages saw notable increases in requests during November 2023

This month, the U.S. welcomed 7,468 refugees from 55 countries around the world.

Refugees arriving in the U.S., November 2023

In November, the highest number of refugees arrived from these 4 countries of origin: 

  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo: 1,884 refugees
  • Syria: 1,359 refugees
  • Afghanistan: 1,080 refugees
  • Myanmar (formerly Burma): 606 refugees

The states that resettled the highest number of refugees in November were New York, Texas, California, and Ohio.

The U.S. also welcomed an additional 2,218 people through the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program in November, primarily from Afghanistan. The states that resettled the highest number of SIV recipients were California, Virginia, Texas, and Washington.


October 2023

In October, languages with the largest month-over-month increases in requests for an interpreter included: 

  • Hmong (spoken in China, Laos, Thailand & Vietnam): ↑ 25%
  • Albanian (spoken in Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia & Montenegro): ↑ 23%
  • Swahili (spoken in Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique & more): ↑ 19%
  • Karen (spoken in Myanmar & Thailand): ↑ 18%
These four languages saw notable increases in requests during October 2023

This month, the U.S. welcomed 7,354 refugees from 46 countries around the world.

Refugees arriving in the U.S., October 2023

For the first month in a long time, a higher number of refugees were admitted from Venezuela than from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). In October, the highest number of refugees arrived from these 4 countries of origin: 

  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo: 1,920 refugees
  • Syria: 1,907 refugees
  • Afghanistan: 744 refugees
  • Venezuela: 357 refugees

In October, the states that resettled the highest number of refugees were California, Michigan, New York, and Kentucky.

The U.S. also welcomed an additional 1,177 people through the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program in October, primarily from Afghanistan. The states that resettled the highest number of SIV recipients were California, Virginia, Washington, and Texas.


September 2023

In September, languages with the largest month-over-month increases in requests for an interpreter included: 

  • K’iche’ (spoken in Guatemala): ↑ 47%
  • Moroccan Arabic (spoken in Morocco and Western Sahara): ↑ 38%
  • Wolof (spoken in Senegal, Mauritania, and the Gambia): ↑ 35%
  • Uzbek (spoken in Uzbekistan and Afghanistan): ↑ 28%
These four languages saw notable increases in requests during September 2023

This month, the U.S. welcomed 8,762 refugees from 43 countries around the world — a 44% increase in new refugees compared with August.

Refugees arriving in the U.S., September 2023

As usual, the highest number of refugees arrived from these 4 countries of origin: 

  • Syria: 2,543 refugees
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo: 2,470 refugees
  • Afghanistan: 864 refugees
  • Myanmar (formerly Burma): 468 refugees

In September, the states that resettled the highest number of refugees were Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, and California.

The U.S. also welcomed an additional 980 people through the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program in September, primarily from Afghanistan. Last month, the states that resettled the highest number of SIV recipients were California, Texas, Washington, and Virginia.


August 2023

In August, languages with the largest month-over-month increases in requests for an interpreter included:

  • Wolof (spoken in Senegal, Mauritania, and the Gambia): ↑ 28%
  • Cape Verde Creole (spoken in Cape Verde): ↑ 26%
  • Lao (spoken in Laos): ↑ 24%
  • Brazilian Portuguese (spoken in Brazil): ↑ 24%
These four languages saw notable increases in requests during August 2023

This month, the U.S. welcomed 6,104 refugees from 42 countries around the world.

Refugees arriving in the U.S., August 2023

As usual, the highest number of refugees arrived from these 4 countries of origin: 

  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo: 1,085 refugees
  • Syria: 1,429 refugees
  • Afghanistan: 710 refugees
  • Myanmar (formerly Burma): 479 refugees

In August, the states that resettled the highest number of refugees were California, Texas, New York, and Illinois.

The U.S. also welcomed an additional 1,442 people through the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program in August, primarily from Afghanistan. Last month, the states that resettled the highest number of SIV recipients were California, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.


July 2023

In July, languages with the largest month-over-month increases in requests for an interpreter included:

  • Sudanese Arabic (spoken in Sudan): ↑ 40%
  • Marshallese (spoken in the Marshall Islands): ↑ 34%
  • Indonesian (spoken in Indonesia): ↑ 28%
  • Yemeni Arabic (spoken in Yemen): ↑ 25%
These four languages saw notable increases in requests during July 2023

This month, the U.S. welcomed 6,468 refugees from 40 countries around the world.

Refugees arriving in the U.S., July 2023

As usual, the highest number of refugees arrived from these 4 countries of origin: 

  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo: 1,610 refugees
  • Syria: 1,334 refugees
  • Afghanistan: 777 refugees
  • Myanmar (formerly Burma): 499 refugees

In July, the states that resettled the highest number of refugees were California (471), Texas (468), New York (413), and Michigan (312).

The U.S. also welcomed an additional 1,558 people through the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program in July, primarily from Afghanistan. Last month, the states that resettled the highest number of SIV recipients were California, Virginia, Texas, and Washington.


June 2023

In June, languages with the largest month-over-month increases in requests for an interpreter included:

  • Pulaar (spoken in Guinea): ↑ 26%
  • German (spoken in Germany): ↑ 19%
  • Georgian (spoken in Georgia): ↑ 15%
  • Toisanese (spoken in China & Hong Kong): ↑ 9%
These four languages saw notable increases in requests during June 2023

This month, the U.S. welcomed 6,844 refugees from 40 countries around the world.

Refugees arriving in the U.S., June 2023

As usual, the highest number of refugees arrived from these 4 countries of origin: 

  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo: 2,319 refugees
  • Syria: 1,594 refugees
  • Afghanistan: 679 refugees
  • Myanmar (formerly Burma): 568 refugees

In June, the states that resettled the highest number of refugees were Texas (566), New York (458), California (407), and North Carolina (313).

The U.S. also welcomed an additional 2,090 people through the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program in June; 2,066 of those refugees came from Afghanistan. Last month, the states that resettled the highest number of SIV recipients were California (592), Virginia (297), Texas (271), and Washington (183).


May 2023

In May, languages with the largest month-over-month increases in requests for an interpreter included:

  • Pulaar (spoken in Guinea): ↑ 74%
  • Wolof (spoken in The Gambia, Mauritania & Senegal): ↑ 38%
  • Mam (spoken in Guatemala): ↑ 29%
  • Rohingya (spoken in Myanmar): ↑ 27%
These four languages saw notable increases in requests during May 2023

This month, the U.S. welcomed 6,975 refugees from 43 countries around the world.

Refugees arriving in the U.S., May 2023

As usual, the highest number of refugees arrived from these 4 countries of origin: 

  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo: 1,911 refugees
  • Syria: 1,198 refugees
  • Myanmar (formerly Burma): 1,006 refugees
  • Afghanistan: 923 refugees

In May, the states that resettled the highest number of refugees were Texas (693), New York (482), California (341), and Ohio (338).

The U.S. also welcomed an additional 2,222 people through the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program; 2,172 of those refugees came from Afghanistan. The states that resettled the highest number of SIV recipients were California (642), Virginia (301), Washington (254), and Texas (224).


April 2023

Languages with the largest month-over-month increases in requests for an interpreter in April included:

  • Uzbek (spoken in Uzbekistan & Afghanistan): ↑ 40%
  • Wolof (spoken in The Gambia, Mauritania & Senegal): ↑ 30%
  • Armenian (spoken in Armenia, Georgia & Russia): ↑ 20%
  • Mongolian (spoken in Mongolia): ↑ 13%
These four languages saw notable increases in requests during April 2023

This month, the U.S. welcomed 6,394 refugees from 40 countries around the world.

Refugees arriving in the U.S., April 2023

April followed the same trend we’ve seen every month this year, with these 4 countries of origin bringing the highest number of refugees: 

  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo: 2,543 refugees
  • Syria: 740 refugees
  • Myanmar (formerly Burma): 668 refugees
  • Afghanistan: 640 refugees

The U.S. also welcomed an additional 1,919 individuals (primarily Afghans) through the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program. As usual, the states that resettled the highest number of SIV recipients were California, Virginia, Texas, and Washington.

Language Spotlight: Lingala
In 2022, CLI experienced a 66% year-over-year increase in requests for an interpreter in Lingala, boosting it onto our top 25 languages. Now in the second quarter of 2023, we continue to see growing requests for Lingala, a Bantu language primarily spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The DRC is located in Central Africa, the second-largest country in the continent.

A map of Africa highlighting the location of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Worldwide, Lingala has 25–30 million native speakers and about 35 million second-language speakers. It’s no surprise to see this increase in requests for Lingala interpreters correlated to the ongoing influx of Congolese refugees. 

The DRC is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis. According to UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency), “In 2023, as a result of an alarming resurgence of violence generated by armed groups, 5.8 million people are displaced” and need emergency assistance. 

So far this year, the U.S. has admitted a total of 6,940 refugees from the DRC — significantly more refugees than from any other country. For 2023, the U.S. set a refugee admissions ceiling capped at 40,000 refugees per year from Africa, so we expect to see this trend continue.


March 2023

In March, languages with the largest month-over-month increases in requests for an interpreter included:

  • Punjabi (spoken in India & Pakistan): ↑ 51%
  • Turkish (spoken in Turkey & Cyprus): ↑ 41%
  • Kinyarwanda (spoken in Rwanda): ↑ 35%
  • Lingala (spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo): ↑ 34%
These four languages saw notable increases in requests during March 2023

This month, the U.S. experienced a significant influx of refugees who resettled here, welcoming 6,122 refugees from 42 countries around the world.

Refugees arriving in the U.S., March 2023

The 4 countries of origin with the highest number of refugees in March were the same as they were last month, but with much larger increases compared to February: 

  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo: 2,441 refugees (↑ 104%)
  • Myanmar (formerly Burma): 1,000 refugees (↑ 206%)
  • Syria: 711 refugees (↑ 100%)
  • Afghanistan: 495 refugees (↑ 65%)

The U.S. also welcomed an additional 1,577 individuals (primarily Afghans) through the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program. As usual, the states that resettled the highest number of SIV recipients were California, Virginia, Texas, and Washington.


February 2023

In February, languages with the largest increases in requests for an interpreter included:

  • Mixteco (spoken in Mexico): ↑ 179%
  • European Portuguese (spoken in Portugal): ↑ 83%
  • Urdu (spoken in India and Pakistan): ↑ 19%
  • Navajo (spoken in the Navajo Nation and the U.S.): ↑ 18%
These four languages saw notable increases in requests during February 2023

In February, the U.S. also welcomed 3,069 refugees from 41 countries around the world.

Refugees arriving in the U.S., February 2023

Following January’s trends, the 4 countries of origin with the highest number of refugees in February remained:

  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo: 1,204 refugees
  • Syria: 355 refugees
  • Myanmar (formerly Burma): 327 refugees
  • Afghanistan: 300 refugees

As a result, and if these trends continue, we expect to see future increases in requests for interpreters in languages that might include Lingala, Arabic, Assyrian, Kurdish, Dari, Pashto, Burmese, Rohingya, Karen, and Karenni.

This month, the U.S. welcomed an additional 1,292 individuals (primarily Afghans) through the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program. The states that resettled the highest number of SIV recipients were California, Virginia, Texas, and Washington.


January 2023

The new year is starting off with a higher demand for interpreting services — an 11% increase in requests for interpreters compared with December.

In January, the languages with the largest increases in requests included:

  • Wolof (spoken in Gambia, Senegal & Mauritania): ↑ 47%
  • Toisanese (spoken in China & Hong Kong): ↑ 46%
  • Tagalog (spoken in the Philippines): ↑ 42%
  • Korean (spoken in North Korea & South Korea): ↑ 30%
These four languages saw notable increases in requests during January 2023

In January, the U.S. also welcomed 2,481 refugees from 38 countries around the world.

Refugees arriving in the U.S., January 2023

The countries of origin with the highest number of refugees were:

  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo: 752 refugees
  • Syria: 284 refugees
  • Afghanistan: 284 refugees
  • Myanmar (formerly Burma): 264 refugees

As a result, and if these trends continue, we expect to see future increases in requests for interpreters in languages that might include Lingala, Arabic, Assyrian, Kurdish, Dari, Pashto, Burmese, Rohingya, Karen, and Karenni.


A Year in Review: Languages & Refugees, 2021 to 2022

Refugee Surges Correspond with Higher Demand for Languages 

Looking back over the last year, it’s no surprise that the languages that saw the highest increase were Dari, Pashto, Ukrainian, and Lingala. This, of course, corresponds to large increases in the number of refugees resettled in the U.S. from Ukraine, Afghanistan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo:

  • Ukraine: ↑ 66%
  • Afghanistan: ↑ 59%
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: ↑ 45%
Languages with the highest increases in requests in 2022 compared with 2021

In 2022, these three countries faced conflict that caused major displacement and humanitarian crises.  

Countries across the globe continue to struggle with decades-long conflicts, economic turmoil, and the devastating effects of climate change,” states the International Rescue Committee (IRC). 

“The guardrails that once prevented such crises from spiraling out of control — including peace treaties, humanitarian aid, and accountability for violations of international law — have been weakened or dismantled.” 

Unfortunately, these countries were among the top 10 on the IRC’s 2023 Emergency Watchlist, meaning it’s probable we’ll continue to see the need for these languages well into the future.

See also: 2023 Predictions: What’s on the Horizon for Language Access and Interpreting Services

Shifts in Our Top 10 Languages

Looking at the number of requests for interpreters in CLI’s top 10 languages in 2022 compared to 2021, we saw some interesting fluctuations.

Changes in requests for CLI’s top 10 languages from 2021 to 2022

Most notably in 2022, requests for Haitian Creole increased by 34%, while requests for Somali decreased by 30%. Meanwhile, requests for Spanish, French, and Arabic hardly changed from 2021.


December 2022

In December, the U.S. welcomed 2,403 refugees from across the world. The largest influx arrived from Africa — 1,118 refugees in total — with 771 from the Democratic Republic of the Congo alone. This will likely lead to an increase in language requests in French, Kikongo, Lingala, Sango, and Swahili.

The next highest influx for the month were 368 refugees who arrived from Afghanistan. We expect to see more requests from languages spoken by those individuals, including Dari, Farsi, Pashto, and Tajik.

Four languages saw notable increases in requests during December 2022

This month, some of our largest increases in language requests included:

  • Navajo (spoken in the U.S.): ↑ 56%
  • Mongolian (spoken in Mongolia): ↑ 38%
  • Amharic (spoken in Ethiopia): ↑ 26%
  • Armenian (spoken in Armenia, Georgia & Russia): ↑ 25%

November 2022

Overall, November showed steady growth in predictable languages. We also saw increases in languages spoken primarily in Myanmar and Ethiopia — both of which had a corresponding influx of new refugees into the U.S. during the same timeframe.

Refugees admitted to the U.S. & language increases in November

366 refugees from Myanmar (2,604 so far this year)

  • 100% increase in Pwo Karen 
  • 34% increase in Rohingya 
  • 25% increase in Karen

41 refugees from Ethiopia (281 so far this year)

  • 42% increase in Oromo
  • 36% increase in Amharic

Below are a few of the other languages that experienced notable increases in requests for interpreters in November:

  • 69% increase in Ilocano (spoken in the Philippines) 
  • 53% increase in Gujarati (spoken in India)
  • 40% increase in Hmong (spoken in Thailand, Vietnam, China & Laos)
  • 38% increase in Nuer (spoken in the Republic of South Sudan)
  • 24% increase in Mam (spoken in Guatemala)

October 2022

We saw notable increases in requests for languages primarily spoken in Central America and Asia in October compared with requests in September.

Increases in language requests primarily spoken in Central America and Asia in October 2022.

Central America

  • 1,967% increase in Q’anjob’al and 44% increase in Mam (both spoken in Guatemala)

Asia

  • 103% increase in Tibetan (spoken in Bhutan)
  • 69% increase in Uzbek (spoken in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan)
  • 43% increase in Hmong (spoken in Thailand, Vietnam, China, and Laos)

Some of the increases in language requests aligned with refugees admitted to the U.S. from countries where those languages are primarily spoken:

  • 1,967% increase in Q’anjob’al and 44% increase in Mam — coincided with 161 new refugees from Guatemala
  • 37% increase in Karenni/Kayah (spoken in Myanmar) — coincided with 216 new refugees from Myanmar

September 2022

This month, the U.S. received the largest influx of refugees from these 3 countries of origin. Here’s a closer look at how these surges correlate with increases in requests for languages spoken in those countries.

The number of refugees admitted from the top 3 countries and corresponding increases in language requests in September 2022

1. The Democratic Republic of the Congo again saw the largest surge of refugees, with 2,181 newly admitted in September and 7,810 refugees so far in 2022.

  • So far we haven’t seen increases in interpreter requests for languages spoken in the DRC, other than an 18% uptick in requests for Lingala.

2. The next highest surge of refugees came from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), with 658 new arrivals admitted in September and 2,156 refugees so far in 2022. 

  • This corresponded to one of the month’s largest increases in language requests, with a 225% increase for Zyphe (Zophei), primarily spoken in Myanmar. 

3. The third-highest surge in refugees came from Syria, with 493 admitted this month and 4,556 so far in 2022. 

  • We also saw a 64% increase in requests for Bahdini Kurdish, a dialect spoken in the northeastern regions of Syria (as well as in Iran, Iraq, and Turkey). 

Related: Check out the most commonly spoken languages in each country


August 2022

In August, the largest influx of refugees (945!) came to the U.S. from Africa.

We tracked some of our largest monthly increases in language requests from languages spoken throughout Africa as well:

  • Hausa (spoken in Nigeria): 325%
  • Ewe (spoken in Togo): 213%
  • Cape Verde Creole (spoken in Cape Verde): 73%
A map showing the largest increases CLI had in requests from languages spoken in Africa during August 2022


July 2022

In July, the U.S. admitted a large influx of refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) — 4 times more than the next highest country of origin.

Countries of origin for the highest U.S. admissions of refugees in July 2022

To support this growing refugee population (4,917 refugees so far in 2022!), we’re keeping close tabs on requests for the most common languages spoken in the DRC to make sure we have plenty of interpreters ready to take calls in Swahili, French, Lingala, Kikongo, and Sango.

In July, the states with the largest resettlements of refugees from the DRC include:

  • Kentucky (129 refugees)
  • Ohio (106 refugees)
  • Texas (73 refugees)
  • North Carolina (72 refugees)

CLI also saw our highest increase in language requests for Georgian interpreters (spoken in Georgia, located in Eastern Europe) — a 144% increase in July compared to June.


June 2022

Rising Demand for African and Asian Languages

Looking at the number of interpreting sessions we handled for each language in June compared to May, we found particular increases in:

  • West & North African languages
    • 275% increase in Krio (spoken in Sierra Leone)
    • 66% increase in Moroccan Arabic (spoken in Morocco and Western Sahara)
    • 39% increase in Mandinka (spoken in The Gambia)
  • Southeast & Western Asian languages
    • 36% increase in Yemeni Arabic (spoken in Yemen)
    • 34% increase in Rohingya (spoken in Myanmar — coinciding with 1,129 new refugees from Myanmar admitted into the U.S. in the first 6 months of 2022)