Language as a tool for integration

Publisert: 12.10.2016 08:00 av Nina Skajaa Fredheim

Learning the native language is seen in Norway as the most important tool for integration of immigrants. But maybe the belief that learning the language is the main key for integration into the Norwegian society also can create unfortunate side effects?

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This article abstract is written by Ronald Nolet, associate professor at University College of Østfold, Norway and member of the research group AreaS. Fotoillustrasjon: Colourbox.com.

Learning the native language is seen in Norway as the most important tool for integration of immigrants.

When immigrants come to Norway they are offered courses for learning the Norwegian language and for obtaining some basic knowledge about the society. Asylum seekers are placed in compulsory courses or “Introduction Programs for Immigrants” where the focus lays on the Norwegian language and on certain knowledge about the Norwegian society.

These courses are however not compulsory for all immigrants, but only for asylum seekers. It seems that the assumption in Norway is that learning the Norwegian language is the main and in fact also the key factor of becoming successfully integrated into the Norwegian society.

Read the hole article abstract by Ronald Nolet at the AreaS blog


Ronald Nolet
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