After a year in which as many as 160,000 refugees have come to Sweden to seek asylum, many of society’s institutions are under strain. As one of the Nordic region’s largest interpreting agencies, Semantix is also feeling the pressure. During the autumn and winter, we have experienced a greater demand for interpreting than ever before. For example, the number of interpreting orders in Dari, which is spoken in Afghanistan, rose by more than 300% compared with the same period in the previous year. We are also experiencing significantly stronger demand for Arabic, Somali and Tigrinya in particular. We do not always have enough interpreters, and this is obviously a major problem when it affects important social functions and, in the long run, individuals who need interpreters when dealing with asylum issues, healthcare and other forms of contact with authorities.