Migrant and refugee students’ right to linguistic education: Sociopolitical, sociolinguistic and educational reflections on Brazilian and German cases

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In this contribution, we reflect upon migrants’ right to linguistic education as a specific dimension of their right to education. Based on the Linguistic Human Rights approach (Skutnab-Kangas & Phillipson, 1995; also Hamel, 1995; Oliveira, 2003), we will argue that migrant and refugee students should see their right to linguistic education acknowledged in parallel to their right to education. Based on bibliographic and documentary research, we use the deductive and, mainly, the comparative method, in order to analyze the similarities and differences between individuals, phenomena and facts involved. Since the migrant and refugee school population is extremely heterogeneous, from a linguistic and cultural perspective, we will reflect upon concrete language policies and practices that can be developed in the Brazilian and German contexts in order to ensure the right to linguistic education. We argue that the implementation of pluralistic approaches to language learning and teaching might be a pedagogical tool to assure that right.

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Friedrich, T., Melo-Pfeifer, S., & Ruano, B. (2021). Migrant and refugee students’ right to linguistic education: Sociopolitical, sociolinguistic and educational reflections on Brazilian and German cases. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 29(January - July), 70. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.29.5711
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International Migration and the Right to Education
Author Biographies

Tatyana Friedrich, Universidade Federal do Paraná

Tatyana Scheila Friedrich, doutora, é professora de Direito Internacional Privado na Universidade Federal do Paraná onde Coordena a Cátedra Sérgio Vieira de Mello e o Programa Política Migratória e Universidade Brasileira.

Sílvia Melo-Pfeifer, Universidade de Hamburgo

Sílvia Melo-Pfeifer é Professora Associada de Didática de Línguas Românicas na Faculdade de Ciências de Educação, da Universidade de Hamburgo (Alemanha). É licenciada em Ensino de Português e Francês e doutorada em Didática de Línguas pela Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal).

Bruna Ruano, Universidade Federal do Paraná

Bruna Pupatto Ruano é atualmente Professora  Substituta do Curso de Letras da Universidade Federal do Paraná e responsável pelo acolhimento linguístico e acadêmico de migrantes e refugiados desta instituição. É licenciada em Letras (Português e Alemão) e doutora em Estudos Linguísticos pela Universidade Federal do Paraná (Brasil).