Policy Brief

Language, education and migration in the context of forced displacement

Decades of research on language and education support the need to develop explicit and inclusive language policies that meet the needs of all learners. The right to education and the right to language are enshrined in multiple international conventions, declarations, and charters. However, the international community has not sufficiently addressed the intersection between migration, education, and language in the context of forced displacement. Indeed, the SDGs, while encompassing educational rights, fall short in explicitly identifying language as a source of concern, “largely due to a more general failure to recognize the consequences, both positive and negative, of linguistic diversity among vulnerable populations.”

Resource Info

Published

Published by

United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Office (UNESCO)

Authored by

Francine Sara Menashy and Zeena Zhakaria

Topic(s)

Forced Displacement
Language
Migration