Integration in minority languages – benefits and challenges

20.08.2021 klo 15:00
Webinar September 2nd at 14 - 15.30.

Immigration into bilingual or multilingual societies raises the question of which language newly arrived immigrants should learn in the state-provided integration programmes.

Folktinget, together with several other organisations, works with integration matters in promoting and clarifying the Swedish integration path in Finland.

But how is integration in lesser-used languages handled in other countries? What good practices are there from other regions and countries that could be considered in Finland?

The webinar was arranged on Thursday the 2nd of September 2021.


14.00 Welcoming words
Chair Sandra Bergqvist, The Swedish Assembly of Finland
Chair Agustina Vilaret González, The Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity

14.15 Case Catalonia
Dr Vicent Climent, Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona

14.30 Case Wales
Senior Lecturer Gwennan Higham, University of Swansea

14.45 Case Canada
Director General Alain Dupuis, Fédération des communautés acadiennes et francophones

15.00 Comments from Finland
Researcher Pasi Saukkonen, University of Helsinki
Ministerial Advisor Anna Bruun, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

15.10 Panel discussion

15.25 Summing up the day
Dr Claudine Brohy, Member of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, Senior Lecturer at the University of Fribourg/Freiburg