Published on 12/10/12 at 01:35:14 GMT by Redaksjonen
(morsmal.org) There are no statistics on how many people have other mother tongue or first language, coming from other countries. This was the conclusion after the Big Tings representative, Morten Ørsal Johansen asked an interpellation to the Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion Minister, Inga Marte Thorkildsen in a meeting yesterday in Parliament.
- How does the Minister envisage that such statistics are available so that one thus can seal any gaps in knowledge? Asked Johansen.
- Population composition in Norway has changed considerably over the past 40 years. Currently home to people from 216 countries and overseas territories in Norway and it lives besides people of other ethnic backgrounds who have deep roots in Norwegian soil: Sami, Kven, Romani / Romanes etc. No one knows much about the background of these individuals and groups, but it is still hard to find good statistics on how many people who speak non-native or first language. It is not known how many individuals have Sami and other minority languages as their mother tongue or first language, and one has no statistics on how many people have other mother tongue or first language, coming from other countries. How does the Minister envisage that such statistics are available so that one thus can seal any gaps in knowledge? sounds interpellation from Big Tings representative, Morten Ørsal Johansen (Progress Party).
Johansen pointed out that there are several national minorities in Norway whose mother tongue as they are entitled to receive education. He explained that it is necessary to have statistics on this so that the municipalities could plan language training for those who have a mother tongue other than Norwegian and especially when it comes to Sami and national minorities in Norway (Sami, Finns, forest Finns, Jews, Romani, Norwegian Romani, etc.).
Johansen said the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, which was adopted in 1992 and that Norway got notes for lack of statistics on the number of minority languages in Norway.
Minister Inga Marte Thorkildsen (SV) admitted that it was correct that there are no statistics on the number of people who have a mother tongue other than Norwegian in Norway.
- That's right, as the representative Ørsal Johansen here point out, that there is no overview of how many individuals in Norway who have other mother tongue or first language. Immigrants in Norway come from all corners of the globe and from at least 200 different countries. We have an overview of the immigrant population, but there is no overview of how many people speak the language. Surveys among immigrant population which asks linguistic skills, has so far focused on immigrants Norwegian language skills, said Minister Thorkildsen.
Minister Inga Marte Thorkildsen (SV) and Morten Ørsal Johansen (Progress Party), photo: Parliament
Thorkildsen explained that one of the reasons why there is no specific number of those who have a first language is associated with the terms "native" and "a first".
- Both native and first language is defined and used in different ways. It illustrates the dynamic and complex to be surveyed languages in Norway. Native language is often defined on the basis of their parents' language. In some contexts defined it as the language spoken in the child's home, either by both parents or one parent, in communication with the child. A child may thus have two native speakers, said Thorkildsen.
Yet she managed to present some statistical figures from Statistics Norway (SSB)
- According to primary statistics had 855 of over 600 000 pupils in primary schools in 2011 Sami as their mother tongue. - In 2011, 20,721 pupils in primary schools special language training and / or bilingual education. 6,471 of these students had native. - In the autumn of 2011 it was given language training and / or bilingual instruction in 92 languages. If we include educational, the number of languages it be taught in, 125.ERROR
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