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Refugee Voices: Experiences of Learning Dutch Language in AZC camp

Refugee Voices: Experiences of Learning Dutch Language in AZC camp

Anon. Voice from the Camp

This was written by someone with refugee status living in one of the AZC camp in the Netherlands.

I’ve been in the Netherlands for the past year, and in that time I have lived in five different Camps. Following are the difficulties that I experienced and observed during my course of learning the Dutch language being in the camp while getting transferred from one Camp to another.

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Call for papers Research in impact workshop: Refugees, New speakers and Global Law

Call for papers Research in impact workshop: Refugees, New speakers and Global Law

This Research Impact in Action workshop seeks to address the question of how scholars working at the intersection of law and sociolinguistics can contribute to shaping professional practice and policy and create on the ground impact within the field of migration and asylum. In this small event we aim to have presentations on grounded research related to refugees and asylum processes. Through workshops titled ‘Bridging the gap between research, policy and practice’ and Workshop: ‘Voice and Research Impacts’ we will discuss how to create impact in policy and practice through collaboration between different stakeholder groups and academics in the fields of law and socio-linguistics.

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Call for Mini-Blogs: Perspectives on Migration and Asylum from the ground

Call for Mini-Blogs: Perspectives on Migration and Asylum from the ground

This is a call to all academics, practitioners or forced migration to write a mini-blog (no more than 300 words) explaining about your research, work or experiences.

We wish to expand this platform to become more active, and provide people more opportunities to connect. These blogs will be shared on our social media platforms and on the COST New Speakers website. 

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Bilingual Child Migrants in a Multilingual Europe

Although European societies are becoming increasingly multilingual due to migration, and children are raised in increasingly multilingual environments, we still know very little about how bilingual and multilingual children develop and function linguistically. We also know little about the socio-economic factors and social attitudes, such as language prestige, shaping language use in migrant contexts. Thus, within Working Group 7 “Multilingual competence and new speaker varieties” we are organising a two-day workshop focusing on bilingual children from migrant families. In particular, it will be devoted to an examination of the bilingual child’s language development in the areas of phonology, lexis, morpho-syntax and discourse. We will also discuss the linguistic identities of migrant families and their impact on home language and literacy transmission practices in these families across Europe.

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Ag tacú le ‘nuachainteoirí’

(Joint post with John Walsh)

John Walsh and I are organizing a stakeholder event on Friday 14th October in Dublin. The meeting aims to provide an opportunity for discussion to groups that are promoting Irish outside the Gaeltacht and who have an interest in the structures that were created under the Gaeltacht Act and that are pertinent to new speakers. To that end we have invited representations of Irish Language Networks and groups interested in applying for status as Gaeltacht Service Towns to meet and identify and discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with this initiative.

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