Refugee resettlement in rural Wales – a collaborative approach

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    What I wish to highlight and exemplify in this paper are the challenges that local authority areas across Wales are dealing with as they participate in the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement programme (SVPRS). I would like to draw attention to the manifold, complex realities involved in organising the type of partnership-based English language provision that has been recommended in recent Welsh and UK government reports as a desirable framework for language provision. The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) related issues discussed here have emerged from a case study of a local authority area in South Wales. The study details the ways in which one county borough council, tasked with administering the resettlement of refugee families, has attempted to meet some of these linguistic challenges by taking a collaborative approach to the provision of ESOL classes. This course of action, while initially ad hoc, has developed into a more comprehensive and coordinated approach, as collaborative partnerships, involving various formal and informal providers, have become established in the eighteen months since the first refugee families arrived. Whilst arguing that a partnership approach certainly can enable local authorities to improve their ESOL programmes, the difficulties and complexity involved in implementing guidelines on collaboration, are brought to light.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationESOL provision in Ireland and the UK: Challenges and Opportunities
    EditorsFreda Mishan
    Place of PublicationDublin
    PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Group
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78874-375-4, 978-1-78874-374-7, 978-1-78874-376-1
    ISBN (Print)978-1-178874-373-0
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2019

    Publication series

    PublisherPeter Lang AG, International Academic Publishers
    ISSN (Electronic)2296-2808


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