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In the 21st century all European citizens live in a multilingual environment. In their daily lives they come across many different languages. Consequently there is a growing interest in multilingualism and an increasing need for language communities to exchange experiences and to cooperate. The Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning, part of the Fryske Akademy, meets this need by collecting, researching and studying, circulating, and applying knowledge in the field of language learning and use at school, at home and through cultural participation. The Mercator Research Centre is an independent and recognised reference centre for policymakers and professional workers in the field of multilingual education and language learning. The Mercator Research Centre brings Europe to Fryslân and Fryslân to Europe.

2 New Regional Dossiers published: Aragonese in Spain and Irish in Ireland 2nd edition

The Regional Dossier Aragonese: the Aragonese language in education in Spain, was compiled by Iris Orosia Campos Bandrés, Research Fellow at the Department Didactics of Languages and Didactics of Human and Social Sciences from the University of Zaragoza, Dr. Juan Pablo Martinéz Cortés, from the University of Zaragoza and Santiago J. Paricio Martín, Secondary Education Teacher.
The second edition of the Regional Dossier Irish, the Irish language in education in the Republic of Ireland was compiled by Helen O Morchu.

Download the dossiers here:


Expert in the Spotlight July-August 2016 Dr. Michael Rießler

Photo by Sandra Meyndt, Freiburg 2014

Dr. Michael Rießler is a linguist working at the Department of Scandinavian Studies at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany. He holds an MA degree in Northern-European Studies from Humboldt University of Berlin, a PhD in General Linguistics from the University of Leipzig and is an Adjunct-Professor in Finno-Ugric/Uralic Studies at the University of Helsinki.

Michael Rießler will be the author of two Regional Dossiers to be published by Mercator Research Centre in 2016/2017:

  • Skolt Saami: The Skolt Saami language in  education in Finland
  • Komi: The Komi language in education in the Komi Republic in the Russian Federation.