Multifaceted Views on the Role of Language for Migrants’ Social Positions
In our paper, we propose the analysis of many different dimensions of language abilities and practices and their impact on migrants’ social position drawing upon a large scale panel survey, the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP) Migration Sample (n=5.000). Germany is a favored receiving country of immigration; it has nearly full employment, indicating a strong integration of residing citizens and non-citizens into the labour market. Our data have the great advantage to measure language in various ways and dimensions (attendance in language class, language used in family, with friends and at the workplace, oral, written, and reading abilities in German and mother tongue, etc.). Our analyses will yield a multifaceted interpretation of the influence of language on migrants’ social position. In this way, we are able to explore and discuss the characteristics of diverse language abilities for integration into the German labour market.