14 European cities (and 2 partners, in Australia and Canada) are looking at manifestations of multilingualism in the following areas:
the education sphere;
the public sphere;
the private sphere;
the economic sphere;
With a historical overview of the history of multilingualism and population change in these cities, the project analyses present trends and policies and seeks to develop ideas about managing multilingual citizen communities in the future.
We aim to help institutions (councils, schools, hospitals) and local and national economies make better productive use of diversity as an economic resource and to strengthen social cohesion by fostering better communication and mutual understanding. We also want to understand better how the cultural richness of these new cities can strengthen the “diverse unity “of the 21st century.
This project has been funded by the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme.