Language Proficiency and Migration: An Argument Against Testing



This paper aims at questioning the rationale for language testing in immigration policies. Although we consider knowledge of the host country’s language(s) useful and desirable for both the migrant and the host society, we argue that mandatory language testing cannot be justified. Our purpose is to offer justifications for rejecting language as a legitimate tool for controlling state borders and to regulate (access to) citizenship of a liberal democracy.


Language Proficiency Language Testing Citizenship Test Language Tests Civic Integration Programs 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sciences PoParisFrance
  2. 2.Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic DiversityGöttingenGermany

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