CMR Seminar on Language and Integration Tests 15 Feb (Symposium)
- vrijdag 15 februari 2008Plaats in agenda
- 09:00 tot
CPO room, Radboud University Nijmegen, A.00.09
Seminar on Language and Integration Tests for Newcomers and Future Citizens
Language and integration tests are a topical issue in various European Union Member States. Several Member States have introduced language and integration courses in their domestic legislation. Immigrants have to pass language and integration tests in order to prove that they have obtained a certain level of knowledge, sometimes even before entering the country. Though the modalities of the integration tests and courses vary between the Member States, the introduction of the tests reflects a change in ideas on the relationship between legal status and integration.
Furthermore, there appears to be a trend in several Member States towards formalisation of the language and integration tests before naturalisation. Between 2002 and 2006, Austria, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, several German Länder and the UK introduced knowledge of the society as a condition for naturalisation. In certain Member States, the informal language test upon naturalisation has been recently replaced by a formalised test prepared and conducted by language institutions.
R. van Oers