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.

Principaux objectifs :

  • aider les Etats membres à élaborer des politiques cohérentes et efficientes ou de revisiter les politiques existantes, ceci conformément aux valeurs partagées et aux principes du Conseil de l’Europe
  • proposer un soutien pratique pour une mise en œuvre efficace de ces politiques;
  • encourager les bonnes pratiques et la qualité des formations en langue et de l'évaluation des compétences en langue;
  • offrir une plateforme permettant aux Etats membres de réfléchir sur ces politiques et pratiques

L'objectif de ce site est d’offrir des moyens concrets pour accéder à des ressources utiles et mutualisées. Il a été élaboré avec l’aide d’un groupe d’experts dans divers domaines.

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.



 4th Intergovernmental Conference on “Better Integration Through Learning: Language and knowledge of society policies and learning opportunities for migrants in Council of Europe member states. Strasbourg 16th October 2019

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

Language Support for adult refugees: a Council of Europe toolkit.
A website in 7 languages:

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)