vrijdag 16 december 2011

Research Report: Multilingualism in Utrecht


The main reason for this high level of multilingualism in Utrecht is the presence of numerous well-educated  young people and adults. In addition, many people with a foreign background live in the city. Research shows that people with a foreign background do not speak, on average, more languages than those without a foreign background; however, this diversity of the population in Utrecht brings more languages to the city, making Utrecht a multilingual hotspot in Europe. Next to being such a flourishing hotspot, Utrecht hopes to further utilize its rich linguistic potential.

Our gratitude goes out to Utrecht University for being an important partner in this research. Special thanks goes out to Dr. Borja Martinovic, the author of this research project, who found a way to map and research the multilingual potential of the City of Utrecht.