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2009) Tah addiyya¯tu al-istitma¯ri fr¯ ra’si al-ma¯l al-bašarı¯ fı¯ duwali majlisi ˙ atta‘a¯wuni al-kalı¯jı¯ (‫اﻟﺨﻠﯿﺠﻲ‬ ‫[ )ﺗﺤﺪﯾﺎت اﻻﺳﺘﺜﻤﺎر ﻓﻲ رأس اﻟﻤﺎل اﻟﺒﺸﺮي ﻓﻲ دول ﻣﺠﻠﺲ اﻟﺘﻌﺎون‬Human capital investment challenges in GCC countries]. In Al-Mawa¯ridu al-Bašariyyatu wa at-Tanmiyyatu fı¯ al-kalı¯jı¯ al-‘Arabı¯ (‫[ )اﻟﻤﻮارد اﻟﺒﺸﺮﯾﺔ واﻟﺘﻨﻤﯿﺔ ﻓﻲ اﻟﺨﻠﯿﺞ اﻟﻌﺮﺑﻲ‬Human Resources and Development in the Gulf Region] (pp. 57–78). Abu Dhabi: Markaz Al-Ima ¯ra ¯t li-Ddira ¯sa ¯t wal-Buh¯uti al-Istra ¯tı¯jiyyah.

G. Urdu, Pashto, Malay, Bangla) lack full access to information and services due to language barriers. Migrants may occasionally encounter bilingual or multilingual public service staff conversant with their language, but even this is 28 New Insight s into Arabic Transl at ion and Inter pret ing no real guarantee of effective communication. g. healthcare consultations, court processes, police interviews) are so complex, specialised, and challenging that only appropriately trained and accredited interpreters can ensure quality interpreting services.

The need for community interpreting and translation in Arab countries with language minorities raises questions about the responsibility of the state and its public services, the role of professional bodies and educational institutions, and the extent to which communication rights are recognised as part of human rights. It appears that many Arab countries approach the issues of ethnic and language minorities from a political standpoint only. Advocacy for language rights is treated as a demand for political power, regional autonomy, or secession (Ennaji, 2005: 183).

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