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What are the English language skill challenges faced by refugees in Worcester, and how do they effect the facilitation of refugee integration?

Our research explores the role of English language proficiency in the process of refugee integration in Worcester. Through interviews with refugees participating to the African Community Education (ACE), our study found that most of the refugees in Worcester did not make the choice of their new hometown and had little knowledge about English language before coming in. The combination of those two factors makes it harder for them to get along with the members of their new community. Our research also found that with the educational environment conducive to learning English offered within the city of Worcester the refugees were able to overcome the initial challenges they were facing. The efforts to learn English are even greater when the refugees are informed about the social and professional opportunities that they would not have access to without speaking English.


Refugees, African, Worcester, ESL, English, Integration

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