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.

Sections available in several languages
The Language Policy Unit expresses its thanks to the ALTE members (LAMI Group) who contributed the translations of certain sections of the LIAM website, making it possible to create this multilingual version. Translations are available in the following languages: Finnish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Russian and Slovenian.

More about the contributors can be found here

 

Guiding principles

The Council of Europe has elaborated standard setting instruments and recommendations which set out the principles governing actions in the migration field. These are complemented by language policy guidelines and reference tools developed to support their effective implementation in an inclusive approach based on shared values and principles.

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Focus

 Webinar Training on the Council of Europe Toolkit 'Linguistic Support for Adult Refugees'


Language Support for adult refugees: a Council of Europe toolkit.
Leaflet
A website in 7 languages: www.coe.int/lang-refugees 

LIAM SYMPOSIUM: the publication 

The linguistic integration of adult migrants: lessons from research /
L'intégration linguistique des migrants adultes : les enseignements de la recherche

Published by De Gruyter Mouton for the Council of Europe  (ISBN 978-3-11-047749-8) as the follow-up of the LIAM Symposium (Strasbourg, 30 March-1 April 2016): Programme and Abstracts of  presentations
Bilingual Abstracts are available separately


Survey and Conference


Official texts
Extracts from Council of Europe Conventions, Recommendations and Resolutions concerning Integration of Adult Migrants and Education (1968-2017)


Press article
Council of Europe policy principles and instruments for the linguistic integration of adult migrants.
(in French with abstract in English)