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Regional dossiers

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Background Regional Dossiers

One of the principle goals of the Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning is to gather, store and distribute information on minority language education in European regions. There is a need for documents which give a brief outline of the most essential features of the educational system of regions with an autochthonous lesser-used language. With the establishment of Regional dossiers we intend to meet this need.

Target Group Regional Dossiers

  • Policy makers
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
  • Students
  • Journalists 

Aim Regional Dossiers

Regional dossiers aim at providing concise descriptive information and basic educational statistics about minority language education in a specific region of the European Union. For the definition of minority language used by the Mercator Research Centre please look hereThe Regional dossiers are written according to a fixed structure. In this way the Regional dossiers can also be used for comparative research. This information can serve several purposes and contains among others:

  • Features of the educational system
  • Recent educational policies
  • Division of responsibilities
  • Main actors
  • Legal arrangements
  • Support structures
  • Quantitive information

We have compiled the following dossiers

Minority language 

Country

 

Year of publication

Albanian

Italy

 

2010

Aragonese

Asturian

Spain

Spain

 

2nd

2016

2014

Basque 

France

2nd

2007

Basque

Spain

2nd

2005

Breton

France

2nd

2003

Catalan

France

 

2005

Catalan

Catalonia, Spain

 2nd

2013

Cornish

United Kingdom

 

2001

Corsican 

France

 2nd

2012

Croatian

Austria

 

2001

Finnic

Sweden

 

2001

Frisian

The Netherlands

4th

2007

Friulian

Italy

 

2014

Gaelic 

United Kingdom

 

2001

Galician

Spain

 2nd

2016

German

Alsace, France

2nd

2001

German

Belgium

 

2004

German

Denmark

 

2015

German

South Tyrol, Italy

 

2002

Hungarian

Slovakia

 

2005

Hungarian

Slovenia

2012

Irish

Northern Ireland

2nd

2004

Irish

Republic of Ireland

2nd 

2016

Italian

Slovenia

2012

Kashubian

Poland

 

2004

Ladin

Italy

2nd 

2016

Latgalian

Latvia

 

2009

Lithuanian

Poland

 

2005

Maltese

Malta

2013

Manx Gaelic

Nenets, Khanty and Selkup

North Frisian 

Isle of Man

Russian Federation

Germany

 

 

3rd

2016

2016

2015

Occitan

France

 

1996

Polish

Lithuania

 

2006

Romani & Beash

Hungary

 

2005

Ruthenian

Poland

 

2006

Sami

Sweden

 

2001

Scots

Scotland

 

2002

Serbian

Hungary

 

2014

Slovak

Hungary

 

2005

Slovene

Italy

2nd

2004

Slovene 

Austria

2nd

2005

Sorbian

Germany

2nd

2016

Swedish

Finland

 2nd

2013

Turkish

Greece

 

2003

Ukrainian

Poland

 

2006

Vőro

Estonia

 

2007 

Welsh

United Kingdom

 2nd

2014

You are free to download and print the dossiers for personal use. Organisations/ institutions that would like to print an original version of one of the dossiers (to be printed by a publisher in their country) can ask Mercator for the relevant dossier as a publisher's file. Publisher's files are available for some of the dossiers, for the other dossiers only the PDF-files (above) are available.

We would appreciate it if you could let us know if you print a dossier in large numbers for distribution at conferences, events etc.
  
Rixt van Dongera and Richt Sterk are responsible for the editing of the Mercator Research Centre Regional dossiers series. You can contact them for any questions or suggestions. Moreover, as we would like to inform about all language communities within member states of the Council of Europe, organisations or specialists in the field of education can express their interest for compiling a report. Considering our annual schedule and your time we can come to a mutual agreement to include your publication in our Regional dossiers series.