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Linguistic diversity: Opportunities and pitfalls

'Multilingualism' is prone to contradictory interpretations, which presents serious challenges to policy makers in their quest for an integrated, knowledge-based European society. Linguistic diversity is promoted as valuable and positive by European policy makers; however while it can be culturally enriching, multilingualism is often perceived as an obstacle to social integration and cohesion. If Europe hopes to utilise the potential of its linguistic assets productively, policy makers should acknowledge the contentious nature of language diversity, and address it with coordinated and consistent education and integration measures.

Building together a society for all – A circus against exclusion

A place for meeting, information and exchange on social inclusion initiatives developed across the European Union. This participatory forum aims at highlighting the diversity of actors and projects organised during the European Year for combating poverty and social exclusion as well as other European projects carried out under other programmes and aimed at combating poverty and social exclusion. The event will feature the EDUMIGROM research project as well (19-20 October, Halles de Schaerbeek, Brussels).

Social Sciences and Humanities projects

An article featuring EDUMIGROM was published in the September 24-26 issue of Hospodarske Noviny, a Slovak daily featuring Framework Program 7 projects co-funded by APVV, the Slovak Research and Development Agency.

Lack of schooling seen as root of Gypsy woes

"...For Europe's 10 to 12 million Roma, as Gypsies are also known, a central factor in their impoverishment is poor access to education, with problems ranging from late starts to early dropouts, from segregated schools in Eastern Europe to the systematic misdiagnosis of mental disabilities..."

Equal opportunities? The labour market integration of the children of immigrants

Entering the workforce for the first time is a challenge for most people, but can be even more difficult for immigrants. Recent data collected across OECD countries reveals that children of immigrants experience higher unemployment and have more difficulty finding jobs than children of native parents. Even when they are born and raised in their country of residence, the employment rate of children of immigrants can be as much as 20% lower than their counterparts.

 

Example of indexing to improving migrant integration policies

MIPEX – the Migrant Integration Policy Index - analyses and compares national policies on the integration of migrants in 27 EU Member States and 3 non-EU countries, reporting on a biennial basis.

 

No Data - No Progress: Country Findings

The Open Society Foundations have published the full findings of the study that informed the No Data – No Progress report, which argues that improving data about the living conditions of Roma communities is an achievable goal that can have immediate and long-term benefits.

Injustice renamed: Discrimination in education of Roma persists in the Czech Republic

A report by Amnesty International examines the systematic discrimination that still exists in the Czech education system, despite a 2007 judgment by the European Court of Human Rights.

'No Data-No Progress'. Five years into the Decade of Roma Inclusion - high time for governments to get serious about data collection

In June 2010 the OSI Roma Initiatives published a new report confirming the long-held assertion that the lack of disaggregated data is a major barrier to progress and weakens the impact of policies to promote equality and nondiscrimination.

New publication: Policy Brief 3: 'Interactions between the Ethnic Composition in School and Students' Performance, Self-esteem and Future Aspirations'

The third Policy Brief of the EDUMIGROM research project authored by Vera Messing was published in June 2010.