Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/125397
Authors: 
Isphording, Ingo E.
Year of Publication: 
2015
Citation: 
[Journal:] IZA World of Labor [ISSN:] 2054-9571 [Year:] 2015 [Issue:] 177
Abstract: 
Language proficiency is a key driver of immigrant integration. It increases job opportunities and facilitates social and political participation. However, despite its vital importance, many immigrants never reach adequate proficiency in the host country language. Therefore, insights into the underlying processes and associated factors are crucial for designing measures to improve language acquisition. Empirical evidence shows that immigrants differ in their ability to learn languages, in their experience of everyday language usage, and their incentives to learn host country languages. This offers a range of opportunities for public policy intervention.
Subjects: 
immigrants
language proficiency
integration
JEL: 
F22
J15
J24
J40
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Document Type: 
Article

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