Breakdowns and Break Throughs

Field Notes from the Evolving Communicative Integration of Refugees into Germany's Labor Market

Tue, November 8, 2016 | BUR 214

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The "German at Work" project is an intitiative that aims to describe Germany's current linguistic situaiton, in regards to refugees entering the job market. David Huenlich, a recent UT gradute and "German at Work" project member, will be hosting a talk on the data the project has collected. The talk will focus on the complexity of the gneral situation in government-funded langauge courses, based on data collected from 500 migrants learning German. The talk will also focus on the situation in Bavaria, where various dialects further complicate the situation. 

In Germany, local communities, governmental institutions and the economy are currently dealing witht the urgent task of integrating recent refugees into society. While the data from this talk comes from a situation that is still unfolding, it will show the diverging effects political decisions can have on integration, depending on whether or not the complexity of the language is factored into policy making.



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