SIG Évaluation linguistique pour la migration et l'intégration (LAMI/Language Assessment for Migration and Integration)

The LAMI group was formed in Salamanca in 2002 with the hope of representing a platform for language testers in supporting their attempts to ensure issues of test fairness within the migration context, according to ALTE's mission of sustaining diversity and maximising impact.

LAMI means Language Assessment for Migrants’ Integration: it is a Special Interest Group that has been central to the discussion ALTE has been engaged in to consider the growing prominence of language testing in the European migration policy.


Lorenzo Rocca (Chair) and Cecilie Hamnes Carlsen (Co-Chair).

Accessible à : 

Toute personne intéressée par la politique migratoire ou la politique linguistique.

Prochaine réunion : 

Thursday 5th November, 2020, Istanbul, Turkey

Check the Evénementspage for more information on this event.

Les membres du SIG LAMI travaillent actuellement sur : 

Évaluation des migrants faiblement alphabétisés ou peu alphabétisés dans la langue cible.

Nos publications :

Notre « Livret LAMI » (Tests de langue pour l'accès, l'intégration et la citoyenneté : un plan à l'intention des décideurs) a été produit au nom du Conseil de l'Europe et présenté lors d'un symposium organisé par le Conseil de l'Europe en 2016.

Il est disponible dans son intégralité en anglais, finnois et italien. Des éditions dans d'autres langues sont en cours de préparation.




Notre actualité :

Le Forum LAMI Langue et Évaluation : Établir des liens dans le contexte de la migration s'est tenu le 5 mai à Bologne. Parmi les conférenciers, figuraient David Little (Trinity College Dublin), Piet van Avermaet (Université de Gand), Philia Thalgott (Conseil de l'Europe), ainsi que des représentants des ministères italiens de l'Éducation et de l'Intérieur. Consultez le programme en anglais ou en italien pour connaître les détails de la journée. Plus de 170 délégués ont assisté à l'événement.

Présentations effectuées lors de réunions précédentes

Présentation des activités du SIG LAMI effectuée à Salamanque, en Espagne, le jeudi 23 novembre 2018.

Results and Events

LAMI Posters (2014)

Through 18 posters related to 9 countries, LAMI took a snapshot focused on specific contexts, collecting detailed information with regard to migrants’ population, policies, courses and tests, in terms of providers and users. The posters have become a useful instrument not only to obtain a picture, but also to identify trends that have emerged in the last decade.

LAMI Questionnaire (2015)

The questionnaire was intended for adult migrants who had attended a language course and/or taken a language test.

LAMI collected data from 1550 respondents regarding their profile and their feedback about their host society, their second languages, courses they had attended and/or tests they had taken. Six language versions of the questionnaires with a dedicated website were provided.

LAMI Survey (2016)

An online survey involved teachers and volunteers in 14 countries as a joint initiative of three ALTE SIGs: LAMI, TT and YAL. Its aim was to collect data in relation to the profiles of teachers and volunteers engaged in formal and informal linguistic support for migrants. In addition, LAMI asked about their didactic needs and their perceptions of critical aspects in tuition.

LAMI Position paper (2016)

The LAMI position paper is the booklet “Language tests for access, integration and citizenship: an outline for policy makers”, available in three language versions (see above). In 53 pages, LAMI takes into account ethical and technical concerns, such as those represented by these key questions:

  1. How should test results be used, and for what purposes?
  2. What will the impact be of using tests for making decisions for the migrant?
  3. What unintended or negative consequences may occur?
  4. Are there any vulnerable groups of test takers that may be discriminated against, such as those with limited literacy?

LAMI Forum – Bologna (2017), organised within the 6th ALTE International Conference


The forum aimed to implement the connection between learning and assessment in the context of European migration.

The session discussed issues of learning-oriented approaches from multiple perspectives, both at European and national level: from the general overview of LIAM, a Council of Europe project, to the outline for policymakers suggested by ALTE; from the challenge of translanguaging, to the needs of teachers and volunteers, as discovered by the LAMI-TT-YAL survey.

Specific vulnerable groups of learners were also carefully taken into account, such as adult migrants with low literacy profiles, asylum seekers, refugees and young migrants.

Council of Europe and ALTE-LAMI Survey (2018): Language policies and language requirements for migrants: a European survey

The survey is organized by the Council of Europe in close co-operation with ALTE, as part of the 2018-2019 Education Program Inclusive approaches in education language education for migrant/refugee children and adults.

The survey is embedded in the CoE contribution to the United Nations 2030 agenda for sustainable development, namely Goal n. 4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

The survey aims to: update data, tracing changes in integration policies and language/KoS requirements over time, as well as giving more details concerning the test format and the learning opportunities in order to allow the formulation of evidence-based policy recommendations.

In terms of investigated areas, the survey is composed of 3 main sections:

1.      Legislation and its impact

2.      Language and KOS training provided

3.      Language and KOS requirements for pre-entry clearance, temporary residence permits, permanent residence permits and citizenship.

Read the report of the survey

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