Spanish Security Forces Contract 24-hour Multilingual Interpretation Services in Response to Steady Rise in Immigration.

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Spanish security forces contract 24-hour multilingual interpretation services in response to the constant increase in the number of immigrants entering Spain, especially from East European, Asian and African countries.

The Spanish National Police Force and Civil Guard are currently contracting 24-hour multilingual interpretation services, such is the demand generated by the free circulation of citizens within the European Union.

Faced not only with large resident communities of ex-pat European citizens, but also with growing numbers of Asian, East European and, above all, African immigrants attracted to Spain in search of greater social and economic conditions, both forces have opted for the establishment of commercial agreements aimed at providing a 24-hour service.

The Valencia Region of Spain requires special attention as a result of three main factors: the extremely high number of North European citizens that have established second homes on the Mediterranean coast, the high number of East Europeans and Asians attracted by the benevolent climate and buoyant economy, and the region’s condition as a gateway to rest of Europe for African citizens.

With security forces having to cope with a huge volume of incidents involving foreign citizens from all walks of life and social status, the ability to contact multilingual interpreters at any time of the day or night has become a basic requirement, with Arabic, Rumanian, English, French, Russian, Chinese, Croatian, Ukrainian, Armenian, together with African and Indian languages such as Pular, Wolof and Urdu, being among the most requested languages.

Dixon Servicios Lingüísticos, SL, is a Valencia-based translation and interpretation company offering a 24-hour service in more than 50 languages. Since 2002, the company has provided services (sworn, website, medical, general, technical, audio-visual translation and liaison, consecutive and simultaneous interpretation) to an extensive portfolio of local, national and international clients, including: Lladró, Valencia Regional Government, Valencia Justice Department, ONCE (Spanish National Organisation for the Blind), Valencia Football Club, Spanish National Police, Spanish Civil Guard, Bancaja, Valencia Chamber of Commerce, Tour of Spain and Thyssenkrupp.

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