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The Linguistic Integration of Refugees in Italy

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Institute for Migration Research, University of Granada, 18151 Granada, Spain
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Department of Sociology, Institute for Migration Research, University of Granada, 18151 Granada, Spain
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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(10), 284; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8100284
Received: 27 July 2019 / Revised: 21 September 2019 / Accepted: 3 October 2019 / Published: 10 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Integration and Resettlement of Refugees and Forced Migrants)
The creation of laws regarding the linguistic integration of migrants has contributed to the change in Italian language teaching, which has had to adapt its materials and methodology to migrants. However, the specific case of refugees has not been specifically assessed, with the exception of experimentation with the Council of Europe toolkit for refugees. This paper aimed to study the linguistic integration of adult refugees in Italy by conducting an ethnography through participant observation and semi-structured interviews between Italian language teachers and refugees. The results of this work show both the teachers’ perceptions of the refugees’ linguistic integration and the refugees’ perceptions of linguistic integration practice. The conclusions highlight the need for more hours of Italian language courses as well as lessons based on specific integration needs. Moreover, this study emphasizes that the integration practice itself implies language learning. A final consideration is made concerning the current integration situation of refugees in Italy. View Full-Text
Keywords: refugees; integration; Italy; Italian; education; language refugees; integration; Italy; Italian; education; language
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Bianco, R.; Ortiz Cobo, M. The Linguistic Integration of Refugees in Italy. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 284.

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