Language Training Services for Adult Immigrants in the Nordic Countries

A comparative study


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This report presents the results of a comparative study of language training for adult immigrants in the Nordic countries. The purpose of the study has been to compare and analyse similarities and differences across Nordic countries and immigrant sub-groups concerning eligibility to participate in language training services, motivation and goals, barriers, and the perceived benefits of language training. The study covers the perceptions of providers of language training, participating immigrants and employers in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. The study shows that while there are differences in how the Nordic countries organise and deliver both formal and non-formal language training services, the systems are largely similar. The main difference found between the countries concerns eligibility to participate. For participants, goals, barriers, and motivations are largely similar.
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