The influx of refugees from Ukraine could lead to a lack of Ukrainian interpreters in Norway

Råde reception centerPhoto: Javad Parsa / NTB

The police, volunteers, refugees, and others feel that there are not enough Ukrainian interpreters. Oslo Met is now starting up extraordinary interpreter training.

At the national arrival center in Råde, many have experienced a long waiting time and little information, the newspaper Aftenposten writes.

Oslo Met is now offering extraordinary interpreter training for up to 30 students in Ukrainian, but the program will not begin until May. It is scheduled to end in December.

For this reason, applicants who are not necessarily admitted will still be allowed to interpret if they pass an oral language test and a three-day course.

Number of interpreters

After the weekend, the number of Ukrainian interpreters in the National Interpreter Register has increased from 15 to 25, the newspaper writes.

However, regional director Ole Valen at Hero Norway – which operates more than 30 emergency accommodation units with more than 8,000 places – believes they have enough interpreters.

“We have access to approved interpreters when we need them… They work via telephone, or the interpreter comes here. In addition, we have Google Translate, body language, and language assistants without officially approved interpreter training,” he says.

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (AP), for his part, calls for creative solutions to remedy the lack of interpreters.

“It is an example where we have to think of new ways to do things, a little out of the box,” Støre noted.

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