Title

Denmark's Language Integration Program: A Model for Social Policy

Date of Award

8-19-2009

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Liberal Studies

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Department

Arts & Culture

Advisor

Benjamin Gochman

Keywords

Denmark; Europe; Gochman; immigration; integration; language; policy; Stevenson

Abstract

Immigrant integration has new importance in the European Union due to policies of transnational employment and the growing population of immigrants from underdeveloped countries. A workforce integrated by the language of individual European states is an important condition of social and economic well-being. With Europe's declining rate of fertility, integration is a more significant future policy concept. Denmark's policy of state-sponsored language integration seeks to assimilate its foreign residents through Danish courses to increase employment figures. The focus of this study evaluates the success of integration in Denmark resulting from this policy and the benefits it has on employment. The viability of the Danish language program provides European states with a model of best practices for integration in European Union.

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