Global issues seen through Australian English 1

In our translation work related to newly settled asylum seekers we are careful to manage the nuances and connotations attached to various key terms.

The colloquial UK English term “Asians” generally includes Indians and Pakistanis, a point requiring regular clarification for Australia readers. A more interesting distinction has arisen with the recent increase of refugees seeking to move to Northern Europe with the European English press referring to them as “migrants”. A word that connotes very different ideas in Australian English.

 

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