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Integration of foreign children into Slovene society

Ajda Burnik (2014) Integration of foreign children into Slovene society. Diploma thesis.

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    From the times of former Yugoslavia Slovenia has been a country of immigration, mostly for the citizens of other Yugoslavian republics. But recently we noticed increase of foreigners from western countries. Statistics about population of Slovenia also confirms this observations, especially after Slovenia entered European Union. Foreigners from western countries have higher social status than foreigners from countries of former Yugoslavia and even though all foreigners come to Slovenia mostly because of work, foreigners from western countries work in higher and better paid workplaces. But foreigners from western countries have more difficulties when learning about Slovene culture and Slovene language, because they are so different from theirs. Because foreigners need help with integration into Slovene society, my main focus in this thesis was to find out who helps them. Foreigners can receive help in the embassy of their own country in Slovenia. There they can get mostly information about Slovenia and life in Slovenia. The country of Slovenia offers foreigners free courses of Slovene language and culture. And because my focus was on foreign children, I researched what kind of help foreign children can receive in Slovene school. Foreign children can also enroll in one of seven international schools in Slovenia, that's why I also researched advantages of international school in comparison with Slovene school. In the empirical part I also did a comparison between one of Slovene primary schools and British international school in Ljubljana regarding integration of foreign children into school and into Slovene society. My findings were that international school has more activities that enable children to learn about Slovene culture and be included into Slovene society, but the dominant culture in school is British. And the advantage of Slovene school is that children are in contact with Slovene culture all the time and can spontaneously embrace it.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: foreign children from western countries, Slovene elementary school, British international school of Ljubljana, integration into society, social status, help with integration
    Number of Pages: 84
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Nataša Zrim MartinjakMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=10218313)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 2449
    Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2014 14:30
    Last Modified: 03 Oct 2014 14:30
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/2449

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