Ireland: English language plan for immigrants

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Sat Jul 21 15:30:26 UTC 2007

English language plan for immigrants

*Paul Anderson*

Thu, Jul 19, 2007

New plans to help adult immigrants learn English were announced today by
Minister of State for Integration Conor Lenihan. A consortium of
international consultants have been appointed to conduct a review of
existing provision and to make recommendations on policy development.
Advertisements seeking the views of interested parties will be placed in the
national press tomorrow and a report published next Spring. Mr Lenihan said
the report will "look at critical issues such as the barriers to
participation and how best we can address these and how we can respond to
those who are socially excluded".

Language proficiency is key to successful social integration for immigrants,
Mr Lenihan said. "In launching this campaign, I am conscious of the benefits
that will accrue across all areas of life, when we work to ensure that
language barriers are no longer a reason for poor integration and poor
understanding within the communities in which we live and work in," he

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