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Aligning Multilingual Information provision with Communication needs in Asylum reception (AMICA)

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BIAL contact person:

prof. dr. Koen Kerremans

Project summary

The fact that good communication can make a difference is often underestimated in contexts of asylum and migration, where other priorities (than language) play a role. This is also very tangible in the reception of applicants for international protection, where multilingualism is the rule rather than the exception. Service providers try to cope with the linguistic means they have available to provide the necessary information and support, but these means are often insufficiently adapted to the complex communication needs that are specific to asylum reception. In particular, applicants with a vulnerable linguistic profile, such as those who are illiterate or speakers of rare languages, have little or no access to the information to which they are entitled, which increases their vulnerability throughout the reception process.

The AMICA project aims to provide an answer to the problems outlined above by: 

  1. gaining a better understanding of the communication needs of applicants with a vulnerable linguistic profile;
  2. using these insights to develop tailored multilingual information for the reception of applicants for international protection, taking into account the different linguistic and cultural backgrounds and different literacy levels of this target group;
  3. empowering service providers with the necessary knowledge on how information can be optimally transferred and disseminated within the superdiverse target group of applicants for international protection.

Period

1 January 2020 - 30 June 2022

Project consortium

  • Coordinating partner:
    Brussels Institute for Applied Linguistics (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  • Other partners:
    • OG Tolkwetenschap (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
    • Research Centre for Multilingual Practices and Language Learning in Society (Universiteit Gent)

Project funding

AMIF funding