Much of my work in recent years around language learning and migrant settlement has questioned the straightforward link between language learning and settlement success. Policy makers as well as migrants themselves assume that a key factor that keeps migrants out of the local job market is their lack of English proficiency, and that increased English proficiency will bring employment. Of course, it doesn’t usually work that way (see here, here or here) because race, gender and education, among other factors, mediate access to employment, too.
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