Tag Archives: Languages and multilingual education and literacy
By anne | Published: October 13, 2011
At the heart and soul of SHINE, is the belief that communities of all ages and cultures where all members engage in meaningful roles that contribute to the growth, knowledge and wisdom of each member are strong, healthy and sustainable communities.
By anne | Published: September 20, 2011
A community of enthusiastic young people in Beirut, The Migrant Workers Task Force , are working to support foreign domestic workers in Lebanon whose living and working conditions are often desperately unfair.
The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) works with immigrants, community-based organizations and city government agencies to promote the well-being of immigrant communities. The office recommends policies and programs that facilitate successful integration of recent immigrants and uses outreach to get important information about these programs to immigrant communities. It has been successful in identifying city services that are accessible to immigrants, arranging meetings and conversations between city officials and community leaders and identifying the best outreach strategies to immigrant communities.
The second issue in the National League of Cities’ Municipal Action for Immigrant Integration American Cities Series, Municipal Innovations in Immigrant Integration: 20 Cities, 20 Good Practices features twenty of the most innovative US cities in the area of immigrant integration. These cities are diverse, ranging in size and geographic location. Yet, each highlights good examples of immigrant integration programs, whether through public-private partnerships, advisory initiatives, or action-oriented programs.
In 2004, the City of Richmond created the Hispanic Liaison Office in response to this demographic growth. The Hispanic Liaison Office improves access to city and community services; promotes community information, education and citizen participation; and supports city agencies in developing the capacity to interact, communicate and serve the city’s diverse community. The Hispanic Liaison Office also promotes diversity within the city by sponsoring the Imagine Festival, which highlights Richmond’s diverse community and public safety, as well as by supporting the outdoor ¿Qué Pasa? Festival of Virginia, one of the largest Latino festivals in the state and in the southern United States.
The Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (OLA) has served the Latino community since 1976. The office works with the local government and community organizations to learn and be able to inform the Latino community about the different city services available to them. OLA serves as the mayor’s liaison on issues concerning the Latino community. It also provides partnership and outreach services to DC’s Latino residents through its Community Relations and Outreach Program. This program disseminates information and educational services to Latino residents and fosters community partnerships to gather information and design better programs to serve the Latino community.
The Littleton Immigrant Integration Initiative (LI3) first appeared in 2003 with the goal of integrating all international newcomers into the Littleton community. Alongside this Initiative, the Littleton government also created the Littleton Immigrant Resource Center, which in 2009 merged with LI3. LI3 works to create a community in which all people feel like they belong by supporting services and programs for local immigrant families, bridging language and cultural differences through cultural and informational events, developing a committed donor and volunteer base and initiating fundraising opportunities. LI3 is always looking to fund new immigrant projects and initiatives.
The Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA) promotes civic participation of all San Francisco’s residents and seeks to bridge linguistic and cultural barriers to ensure that these residents have equal access to critical city services. Several initiatives include the Equal Access to Language Services Ordinance; the City and County of Refugee Ordinance; the Immigrant Rights Commission; the Day Laborers Program; and the SF City ID Card.
In late January 2010, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas and Mayor Villaraigosa announced a new partnership to promote citizenship and strengthen immigrant integration efforts in Los Angeles, one of the most diverse cities in the country. This new partnership between local and federal officials was launched as a pilot program that will remain in effect for two years. Immigrant residents in Los Angeles have access to free citizenship information sessions; naturalization workshops; USCIS educational materials highlighting the U.S. citizenship and the naturalization process; and targeted outreach to increase awareness of citizenship rights and responsibilities.
In late 2008, Skokie hosted an International Leadership Academy for immigrant residents who wanted to learn about taking on greater community leadership roles through volunteerism, service on a board or commission or as an elected official. With funding from the Chicago Community Trust, this two-part event included sessions on leadership throughout American history; understanding state and federal government systems; serving as a volunteer, appointed official or elected official; and the etiquette, protocol and art of negotiation.
Created in 2002, Columbus’s New American Initiative tries to create solutions to the challenges facing new immigrants. The initiative has several broad goals: Increase immigrant access to city services; provide fair resource distribution to all city residents; empower new arrivals towards self-sufficiency; and enhance activities that foster greater appreciation for diverse cultures.
Louisville’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) works to create a multicultural community and to serve all members of the community, particularly new residents. OIA works to integrate immigrants and refugees into Louisville by connecting them to governmental and non-governmental resources and by serving as an information clearinghouse. Louisville provides many services to the immigrant community, including a community language bank for interpreters and translators; social services, i.e. resettlement agencies; English as a second language classes; career opportunities; leadership opportunities that foster interest in and promote educational, civic, and social service activities.
Started on July 26, 2002, the Mayor’s Hispanic Latino Initiative seeks to reduce the high number of violent crimes against Hispanics by building a stronger partnership among the Hispanic community, the city government, and police. Strategies developed to reach this goal include increasing the level of police activity in targeted Latino neighborhoods; integrating Latinos into the community by developing neighborhood capacity and breaking down barriers to community services, governmental institutions and employment opportunities; and decreasing potential friction between Latinos and other population groups by promoting understanding of cultural differences.
The Austin Police Department’s Office of the Community Liaison has established several programs to increase and facilitate communication between law enforcement and recent immigrants. In 2001, the Community Liaison office kicked off its Immigrant Outreach Program geared toward Spanish-speaking immigrants in response to the high rates of robberies reported against foreign born residents. To address this problem, the department recognized it was essential to improve communication between police and recent immigrants. One way to do this was through a hotline, “Tu Voz,” which receives calls and serves as a referral line for the Spanish-speaking immigrant community. Although the Immigrant Outreach Program managed to achieve many goals, it was eventually canceled in 2004. However, the “Tu Voz” program remains in place.
Fort Wayne’s Community Development, Planning & Policy Department created the Hispanic and Immigrant Liaison position in 2009. The liaison works to establish communication with the Hispanic community as well as with the general immigrant community. The liaison provides information and assistance for accessing city services and is involved in community development planning projects that affect the city’s immigrant communities. In addition, the liaison educates the community at large about the changes and cultural issues associated with Fort Wayne’s diverse populations. The liaison works to continuously collaborate, coordinate and organize community events that benefit recent immigrants, refugees and other diverse communities.
By daniel | Published: February 9, 2011
With the YEP approach, we have one trained ESL instructor teach multiple youths at the same time, who in return provide one-on-one tutoring to their respective parent/guardian. Based on our primary research observation, we found this dynamic already existing between many immigrant parents and children at home. We want to take what occurs naturally at home, and create a formalized program where progress can be tracked and rewarded. Essentially, the YEP program takes the existing model of one instructor to many immigrant parents and adds an intermediary (the youth) for an enhanced learning process.
By daniel | Published: February 1, 2011
Cities of Migration has organized a 60 minute webinar on: Healthy Communities: Improving Immigrant Access to Healthcare. Staying healthy means knowing when and where to go for medical help and having access to experts who can speak your language, culturally and linguistically. The webinar explores innovative strategies for improving access to healthcare in immigrant communities [...]
By daniel | Published: November 25, 2010
The Tokyo-based think tank Japan Forum on International Relations has submitted a set of policy recommendations on migration to the Prime Minister of Japan. The document “Prospects and Challenges for the Acceptance of Foreign Migrants to Japan” affirms that the country is losing favour as an investment destination because of several factors, including skilled labour [...]
By daniel | Published: November 19, 2010
UNHCR and the Council of Europe organized a round table of experts in Strasbourg in order to examine the role of local integration and resettlement as a means of addressing refugee problems and finding durable solutions. “The purpose of the round table was to hold a fruitful exchange of views and ideas as to how [...]
By daniel | Published: November 10, 2010
UK immigration minister Damian Green has recently spoken to the BBC about the new English tests that will be required for spouses and partners of migrants. To date, the Ministry of Immigration in the UK justified the language policy to the public by talking about the role it will play in promoting integration of migrants. [...]
By daniel | Published: November 3, 2010
The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) is initiating a new research project that examines the well-being and development of young children in Black immigrant and refugee families from birth to age 10. Supported by the Foundation for Child Development (FCD), this project aims to understand issues related to "immigration and settlement patterns, education, language acquisition, health, parental and family resources, and other factors influencing child development and well-being."
By aaronf | Published: October 19, 2010
National Government, Department of Internal Affairs Name of Practitioner: New Zealand Office of Ethnic Affairs Website: http://www.ethnicaffairs.govt.nz/home Contact Information: 46 Waring Taylor Street, The Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington, New Zealand Telephone: 64 4 494 0546, Fax: 64 4 495 7231 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Practitioner’s aims, programs of activities and fields of expertise: The Office of [...]
By daniel | Published: October 14, 2010
The FEMAGE project has released the report “Immigrant Women and their integration in ageing societies” . Coordinated by the Bundesinstitut fuer Bevoelkerungsforschung and funded by the European Commission, the general objectives of FEMAGE were “to generate and gain knowledge about the experiences, living conditions, and expectations of third country immigrant women regarding their migration and [...]
By daniel | Published: October 7, 2010
Canada has launched a New Federal Internship for Newcomers Program. Over the past two years, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) ran two similar pilot internship initiatives. These initiatives benefited 29 interns last year. Health Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Canada Economic Development [...]
By daniel | Published: September 9, 2010
The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees of Germany announced new measures in the field of education to promote the integration of migrants. These measures vary on the 16 German states and include hiring teachers with foreign backgrounds to reduce the rate of children from immigrant families that drop out of school; introduce free kindergartens; [...]
By daniel | Published: September 8, 2010
The Irish Inter-Church Meeting, representing Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox churches, affirmed its commitment with integration of migrants, multiculturalism and diversity in the country. The statement that sets out 10 specific commitments was issued yesterday in Belfast. Some of the commitments include “to recognise and appreciate cultural and ethnic diversity as gifts of God”; fight against [...]
By aaronf | Published: August 9, 2010
The Western Bulldogs Football Club in Melbourne, playing in the elite Australian Football League, is committed to helping refugees and other disadvantaged settlers make a new life in Australia. This is achieved through its community arm "Spirit West Services" with a focus on building smarter, engaged, healthier and 'sustainable' communities. The aim is to encourage education, employment, strong families and a healthy life style through sport. The Club is committed to connecting new settlers with their community and is active in promoting civics through the hosting of a Refugee Week Australian citizenship ceremony.
By Florence | Published: July 6, 2010
In this article published in the Washington Post, the former governor of Florida Jeb Bush and Robert D. Putnam put the current heated debate on immigration into a historical perspective. They retrace America’s past experiences in migrant integration, and highlight the fact that this process has always been gradual and progressive. The article calls for [...]
By aaronf | Published: May 25, 2010
PLURAL+ provide young people with an effective platform to express themselves on key migration and diversity issues, and give them the opportunity to reinforce the belief of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) that youth are indeed powerful and creative agents of social change.
By aaronf | Published: May 21, 2010
The goal of this project is to guarantee that the offer of language courses for migrants reaches quality standards which are nationwide comparable and correspond to the learning needs. The Federal Office for Migration is developing a frame-concept for language promotion for migrants. This concept develops instruments which help to asses standards of language levels. These instruments will be made available to the partners in the cantons which in their responsibility will ensure the quality of language training courses in their regions. So far the Institute of Multilingualism of the University of Fribourg (CH) has developed a “Frame-curriculum for fostering language skills for migrants”. Up to 2011 further instruments to improve the language training and to verify the communicative competences of migrants will be developed.
By aaronf | Published: May 7, 2010
"migraSEARCH" is the latest online-tool of the Austrian Integration Fund. The optimized Google search engine scans about 750 websites which cover relevant topics on integration and migration. The ÖIF migraSEARCH allows a more efficient and faster research and an elimination of spreading loss whilst providing more accurate results. To optimize the results one can also choose certain file-types and dates of publication...
By aaronf | Published: May 7, 2010
The Multicultural Association of Fredericton, NB, Canada has developed a very effective and successful youth program for recent immigrants and children of refugees. The program consists of several sub-programs: Rainbow of Cultures Summer Camp, children 6 to 16 take part in activities with both cultural and social themes. Diverse nationalities are matched by children from local families. Lasting friendships and communication and social skills are the outcomes. A homework club is offered in partnership with Frontier College for newcomer children and youth. A sport program is offered with the sport equipment provided and program registration provided if necessary. This program received funding from private sponsors and government. Many of our participants become sought for members of local teams. The MCAF Music program is also a...
By aaronf | Published: April 16, 2010
The purpose of this magazine is to make an objective, clear, and solution-oriented contribution to the discussion on migration, refugees, and integration. Focus on Integration is a media platform providing information about new projects, research, and initiatives for those working in the field of integration and migration. Focus on Integration is published quarterly for partners, NGOs, key communicators, employees, and others interested in the subject of integration. There are also special editions, such as the "European Funds" issue. Focus on Integration is an informational magazine aimed at the meeting users' needs: current reports on the ÖIF's plans and projects, experts, NGOs, and others working in the field of migration and integration can publish material on their projects and expertise, following the international and...
By Florence | Published: March 31, 2010
“Forbidden Language: English Learners and Restrictive Language Policies”, research volume by Patricia Gandara and Megan Hopkins (January 2010). The authors examine the respective advantages and challenges of bi-lingual education and restrictive language policies, as implemented in three USA states (California, Arizona, and Massachusetts – Sacramento, Phoenix and Boston). The presentation includes suggestions on how to [...]
By Florence | Published: March 31, 2010
This UNESCO handbook provide a definition of selected terms and concepts on refugees and migration. It is designed to be accessible to a general public and media as well. This glossary contributes to greater precision and accuracy in language. How useful was this information? Users ratings 3.00 out of 5
By aaronf | Published: March 26, 2010
CDS wants to contribute to a nation of communities. Through families, congregations, neighborhoods and friends, what will define Switzerland of tomorrow is how we come together as one today. In healthy communities, we feel safe, valued, welcome, happy. What makes a community vibrant also makes a vibrant nation. CDS wants to create these community values - their essential belief that we are all connected to each other and interdependent, that the Switzerland community includes everyone and leaves no one behind, that we care for each other and believe in shared responsibility and shared sacrifice, that we know everyone has inherent value and worth in the story. CDS wants to develop the campaign for community values a national coalition that will bring together over 360 grassroots community organizations that is...