Multilingualism and Migration

We study the processes related to linguistic and cultural diversity from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Contact information

Research group leader

  • University Lecturer
    Nils Jaekel
  • Professor of Clinical and Developmental Psychology
    Julia Jäkel (Jaekel)
  • Associate Professor (on leave)
    Roger Norum

Research group description

In light of continuously increasing human migration and mobility in many parts of the world, linguistic and cultural diversity is growing exponentially across the planet. Many once monolingual societies have become multilingual and multicultural. Yet research on the complex processes and consequences accompanying these changes is scarce. We are a multidisciplinary, international group of scientists who collaborate to answer diverse questions about migration and multilingual development. Our work employs a variety of methodological approaches and toolkits, from evidence-based methods across different studies and large-scale datasets, to focused and creative ethnographic considerations of the everyday lives of language and mobility.

Selected publications

Bader, L., Ward, J., Fouts, H., & Jaekel, J. (2020). Infant care practices among resettled refugee mothers from East and Central Africa. Children, 7(63). https://www.mdpi.com/2227-9067/7/6/63

Elliot, A., Norum, R. and Salazar, N. (eds). 2017. Methodologies of Mobility: Ethnography and Experiment. Oxford: Berghahn.

Jaekel, N., Jaekel, J., Willard, J., & Leyendecker, B. (2019). No evidence for effects of Turkish immigrant children‘s bilingualism on executive functions. PLOS ONE, 14(1), e0209981. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0209981

Jaekel, N., Ritter, M., & Jaekel, J. (2022, under review). Associations of linguistic distance to the language of instruction and classroom composition with English reading and listening skills. Applied Linguistics.

Jaekel, N., Schurig, M., van Ackern, I., & Ritter, M. (2022). The impact of early foreign language learning on language proficiency development from middle to high school. System. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.system.2022.102763

Reig, A. And Norum, R. 2019. Migrantes. Barcelona: Ekaré.