Immigrant language acquisition

An international review

Authored by: Guofang Li

Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415779722
eBook ISBN: 9780203863299
Adobe ISBN: 9781135183493


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Recent statistics show that despite recent economic downturn in many countries around the world, international migration is still growing. In the United States, the foreign-born population reached about 38.1 million in 2007 with legal immigration flow standing at 1,107,126 annually (Papademetriou and Terrazas, 2009). In the same period, other modern industrial countries including Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Germany, France, and Norway also continued to admit historically high number of immigrants from Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, North Africa, and the Middle East (Ben-David, 2009). According to UNDP (2010), by mid-2010 there were about 200 million international migrant workers and their families who had chosen voluntarily to reside outside their country of birth for employment and education, in addition to 15 million refugees who had been forced to move across borders for fear of persecution or violence in their country of origin.

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