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Senator Pauline Hanson says Australia’s immigration policy has led to “culturally separate communities” in Australian cities. AAP/Mick Tsikas

FactCheck: do ‘over a million’ people in Australia not speak English ‘well or at all’?

Senator Pauline Hanson raised concerns about immigration and social cohesion, saying ‘more than a million people’ in Australia ‘cannot speak English well or at all’. Let’s look at the numbers.
New census data gives insight into Canada’s immigrant population, including how English language proficiency can impact wages. Here, a group of new Canadians take part in a citizenship ceremony in Ottawa in September. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

Closing the immigrant wage gap: Is speaking English important?

New census data provides a chance to understand why immigrants earn lower wages than Canadians who have been here for many generations. Whether immigrants speak English at home may be a clue.
Leaders use translators during the inauguration of President Mr João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço of Angola. GCIS

Why translators and interpreters deserve a special day of recognition

Raising the status of the African languages to that of official languages in South Africa post-1994 led to an explosion of translation and interpreting work in local and foreign languages.

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