Part or chapter of a book
Language Proficiency and Migration: An Argument Against Testing
Language Policy and Linguistic Justice. Economic, Philosophical and Sociolinguistic Approaches
Cham : Springer
189 - 208 p.
languages, immigration policies, liberal democracy
This paper aims at questioning the rationale for language testing in immigration policies. Although we consider knowledge of the host country’s language(s) useful and desirable for both the migrant and the host society, we argue that mandatory language testing cannot be justified. Our purpose is to offer justifications for rejecting language as a legitimate tool for controlling state borders and to regulate (access to) citizenship of a liberal democracy.