(STUDYING MULTILINGUALISM IN THE MEDITERRANEAN EUROPE)
MERIDIUM is an international project carried out between 2009 and 2012. It was aimed at studying multilingualism in the Mediterranean Europe. The MERIDIUM project is supported by a network of seven European Universities: Babeş-Bolyai Cluj-Napoca University, Brasov University, Primorska University, Malta University, Lisbon Universidade Nova, Salamanca University and Perugia University for Foreigners, which coordinates the Project. The six countries involved in the Project, Italy, Republic of Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, display different demolinguistic situations and different migratory profiles: data pertaining to each national context will be collected to draw useful comparisons between policies concerning the linguistic integration of migrants.
The main goals of the Project are:
– To investigate, in countries where ongoing immigration/emigration fluxes are observed, the level of awareness of, and the attitudes towards the presence of other languages in the everyday life context, among local population and migrants.
– To describe and evaluate linguistic policies adopted in each country, at a national and/or local level, in order to obtain favourable conditions for the linguistic integration of immigrant people.
– To create a Study and Documentation Center about Multilingualism in the Mediterranean Europe, hosted by the University for Foreigners of Perugia.