An ongoing issue in assisting immigrants to become integrated within a new society is improving their ability to become proficient in a new langauge. Those who quckly grasp a new language in their adopted country are more likely to secure a job and become a participant in the local community. The Swedish Minister of Integration, Nyamko Saburi, announced a new plan to speed up language acquistiion. Immigrants who agree to enroll in government sponsored language programs will receive a cash bonus as an incentive to learn.
Some will decry giving money to immigrants in order to expedite their grasp of the nation’s language, but in the long run it saves milions of dollars since people with jobs will not spend up on welfare rolls nor will they need the support of private charity groups. Speak first, get a job second, and thirdly, become a member of the new community.