Language and Migration

In Stevenage the next morning we met with Michal Siewniak, Strategic Development Officer, Hertfordshire, MENTER the Regional network for Black / Minority Ethnic (BME) voluntary organisations and communities. He is Polish and talked to us about both his experience of living in Hertfordshire and more broadly about the experience of Polish immigrants. We also talked about the issues that are arising in both their communities and the communities and a whole with the current influx of migrants.

He teaches English so we had an interesting discussion about how language teaching can help people connect or it can separate groups, depending on how the language is taught and the mix of students.

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