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Author: Julie Caulier Grice
Published Date: 22 February 2008

Multikulti, the multi-language website, provides access to information and advice on a range of issues – from immigration and employment to health and debt.

There is no comprehensive information on the numbers of people from black and minority ethnic communities with language needs. Recent research by the Audit Commission, the DFEE and the Consumers’ Association draws together a picture of huge unmet need for accurate advice and information provided in a culturally appropriate manner.

Over 40 nationalities are known to live in London alone. The Multikulti Project was piloted in the London Borough of Haringey, which falls in the top 1ten per centof local authorities supporting the greatest number of asylum seekers and refugees.

Multikulti aims at providing accessible advice on issues of immigration, racism, debt, health, employment and other key areas to communities who are most in need of translated material. These, they identify as newly settled communities and individuals who have a low level of English.

Content and advice given on the website is provided by expert organisations such as Age Concern, Mind, Coventry Law Centre, AVERT and Carers UK. It is translated in 12 languages – including Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Turkish and Urdu.