[lg policy] Launch of MERIDIUM - Multilingualism in Europea s a Resource for Immigration Dialogue Initiative among the Universities of the Mediterranean

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Feb 12 15:45:22 UTC 2010

Launch of MERIDIUM - Multilingualism in Europe

MERIDIUM (Multilingualism in Europe as a Resource for Immigration Dialogue
Initiative among the Universities of the Mediterranean) is an international
three-year project aimed at studying multilingualism in Mediterranean Europe.

The project aims to be a reference point for the scientific community, for
institutional agencies at a local and national level, for ONG agencies and
immigrants associations, which can be in turn a reference point in
documenting local practices.

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We intend to study the correlation between linguistic and educational
policies and the development/diffusion of awareness towards multilingualism
and linguistic diversity, with the aim of producing to create an integrated
evaluation and of identifying to identify the relevant indicators.

The main goals of the Project are:

1.To investigate, in countries where ongoing immigration/emigration fluxes
are observed, the level of awareness of, and the attitudes towards the
presence of other languages in the everyday life context, among local
population and migrants.

2.To describe and evaluate linguistic policies adopted in each country, at
a national and/or local level, in order to obtain favourable conditions for
the linguistic integration of immigrant people.

3.To create a Study and Documentation Center about Multilingualism in
Mediterranean Europe, hosted by the University for Foreigners of Perugia.

The MERIDIUM project launched in 2009 is supported by a network of seven
European Universities: BabeĊŸ-Bolyai Cluj-Napoca University, Brasov
University, Primorska University, Malta University, Lisbon Universidade
Nova, Salamanca University and Perugia University for Foreigners, which
coordinates the Project. The six countries involved in the Project, Italy,
Republic of Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, display different
demolinguistic situations and different migratory profiles: data pertaining
to each national context will be collected to draw useful comparisons
between policies concerning the linguistic integration of migrants. At the
beginning of the project, a Quality Control Board composed by international
experts has been appointed in order to assess quality standards.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission
(Lifelong learning programme). This communication reflects the views only
of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use
which may be made of the information contained therein.


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