Adversity in Diversity

The Science and Technology publication of the Pan European Networks has recently published a profile on the EUMARGINS based on the main research findings. The network is devoted to providing the most relevant and up to date information for the use of not only the European Commission, but all government agencies and departments across Europe. Please read the complete profile.

In the profile, they describe the fact that young migrants are simultaneously moving to a new country as well as becoming adults which doubly affects them: as young people and as migrants. As described in EUMARGINS research, the profile highlights the fact that language acquisition can be a major barrier in taking higher education for those migrants who have not learned the majority language. Although a couple of countries in the study, specifically Norway and Sweden, recognize that knowledge of the language is key to integration and have instituted reception classes, which include language classes. Overall EUMARGINS research illustrates how lives of young people can be shaped based on the aspects of their feeling of belonging (or lack thereof) and that it is important not to forget the asset of diversity that these young people represent to Europe and the vital contributions that they can provide.

By T. Sarin
Published Apr. 12, 2012 1:57 PM - Last modified Apr. 12, 2012 2:04 PM