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Refugees in Germany – Vocational language training is the most effective

In 2015 and 2016, an estimated total of 1.2 million people arrived in Germany to ask for asylum. Although Germany had already experienced large inflows of asylum seekers in the early 1990s, the current situation is different not only in its scale, but also because many asylum seekers come from countries where the perspective of … Continue reading

Integration – Language matters the most

In U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan, publics say language matters more to national identity than birthplace The tide of people moving across the world, be they immigrants or refugees, has sparked concern in Australia, Europe and the United States. In particular, the ethnic, linguistic and cultural background of migrants has triggered intense debates over … Continue reading

Healthcare Jobs – How hiring language reinforces “pink collar” jobs

The way we write about healthcare jobs is leading to a shortage of labor in the industry. In general, listings for pink-collar jobs are more feminine in tone. The roles seen as most suited to women and their characteristics are full of words and phrases that statistically attract more women. This reveals an opportunity for employers … Continue reading

UK – Immigrants’ spouses must speak English before entering Supreme Court says

The supreme court has rejected a challenge against an immigration rule requiring spouses to be able to speak English before moving to the UK. Five justices in London had been urged to rule that the pre-entry measure was “unreasonable, disproportionate and discriminatory”. But the panel, led by the court’s president, Lord Neuberger, unanimously dismissed an … Continue reading

Immigrants in Canada – Language at landing is one of the most important variables in predicting earnings in the short term, but less as time past

While an extensive literature examines the association between immigrants’ characteristics and their earnings in Canada, there is a lack of knowledge regarding the relative importance of various human capital factors, such as language, work experience and education when predicting the earnings of economic immigrants. The decline in immigrant earnings since the 1980s, which was concentrated … Continue reading

US in Maps – The most popular languages by state

One of the most interesting data sets for aspiring mapmakers is the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Among other things, that survey includes a detailed look at the languages spoken in American homes. All the maps below are based on the responses to this survey. For instance, Mandarin, Cantonese, and other Chinese dialects are separated … Continue reading

Skills / English vs Mandarin: What is the language of the future?

China’s clout is growing in South East Asia, becoming the region’s top trading partner. But to say that Mandarin will rival English is a “bit of a stretch”, says Manoj Vohra, Asia director at the Economist Intelligence Unit. Even companies in China, who prefer to operate in Chinese, are looking for managers who speak both … Continue reading

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