Welcome to the new LIAM website

The integration of migrants and the impact on it of their acquisition of competence in the language(s) of the host country are a focus for political debate and policy initiatives in a growing number of Council of Europe member states, as is demonstrated by the surveys carried out to date by the Council of Europe.

Main aims:

  • to provide assistance to member states in developing coherent and effective policies and in reviewing existing policies in keeping with shared Council of Europe values and principles;
  • to provide practical support for the effective implementation of policy;
  • to encourage good practice and high quality in the provision of language courses and in assessment of language proficiency;
  • to offer a platform that enables member states to reflect on policy and practice in this area.

The aim of this website is to offer a practical means of pooling and accessing useful resources. It has been developed with the help of a group of experts in various fields.

Overview of section contents

Language Policy main website:


Symposium on The linguistic integration of adult migrants: lessons from research,
Strasbourg, 30 March – 1 April 2016.
In response to the Call for papers, 97 abstracts have been submitted which are currently under review. Submitters will be informed about the result in late Novembrer.
Call for papers: EN  FR

  Registration online

Competences for Democratic Culture: Education professionals are invited to take part in testing competence descriptors (from July to mid-November2015).
Explanation of the project and questionnaire (available in several languages): www.coe.int/competences


Final Report on the 3rd Survey on language policies for the integration of adult migrants


Report of the 3rd intergovernmental conference on Quality in the Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants (LIAM): from values to policy and practice.


Extracts from Council of Europe Conventions, Recommendations and Resolutions concerning Integration of Adult Migrants and Education (1968-2015)