[Case Building] Education in the language of sizeable migrant communities

Collaborative case building on the motion:

States should provide for education in the language of all sizeable migrant communities

This is a policy motion that addresses many interesting issues that migrant communities are facing all around the world. The basic foundations of this motion have been set up as a starter. Now, we would like to invite everybody to add their arguments, refutations, evidences as well as suggestions for improvements, including improvements to the proposed definition, problem and solution.

Please contribute to this case building exercise by leaving a comment in line with the following format:

–       New argument

  • Proposition/Opposition: Prop x/Opp x, with x being the number of the argument (see table below)
  • An Opp 1 argument is the direct refutation of Prop 1 and vice versa

–       Comment/challenge:

  • Definition: [suggest better definition, add new definitions, …]
  • Problem: [different problem, improve the wording of the current problem, it’s not a problem, …]
  • Solution: [propose a different one; propose an alternative for the opposition, …]

–       Share evidence: please provide the author/source, title of publication (if any), year, scale, country it comes from

The comments will be consolidated by the moderator and updated in the table below.

Proposition Opposition
Definition:A sizeable migrant community is a group of migrants originally coming from the same country that is large and dense enough to form an area where one could get by by speaking the migrants’ language only. These could be first, 2nd and 3rd generation migrants.
Problem:Intra-generation conflicts arising out of misunderstandings between two generations due to language and cultural differences: this poses serious difficulties for e.g. 1st generation migrant parents in raising children, resulting in 2nd generation migrants that are vulnerable to the outside world, prone to go into drugs, theft or take on any bad influences the youth is usually attracted to, creating an unstable and potentially dangerous community. As you see, most migrant communities are indeed more prone to such problems than the native community [insert evidence].
Solution:A bilingual school that in addition to the national curriculum also provides extra classes in the language of the sizeable community
Prop 1: Opp 1:
Prop 2: Opp 2:
Prop 3: Opp 3:

 About this motion:

This is one of the three motions announced by IDEA Asia Youth Forum 2012 for the Forum preparations. For more information about the Forum and their suggested research sources, please visit their website at: http://ideaayf.org/.


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