The CARICOM is a multilingual community whose dominant language is English, followed by French, Dutch and Creole. This community consists of 16 million inhabitants, 60% of whom are under 30 years of age. Since its creation, the CARICOM has offered guidance and means to enable its Member States to formulate strategies towards the development of trade and the strengthening of the social fabric within the region. 

The CARICOM’s ambition is based on the specific vision it has of its future: a community that is open to the world, resilient and gives its citizens the opportunity to achieve their full personal and professional potential by contributing to its economic and cultural wealth.

In this context, plurilingualism is one of the main vectors of regional integration. Mobility, which is crucial in a predominantly insular region, can therefore be promoted by the sharing of languages.

IFLE’s objective is to move from multilingualism (coexistence of several languages in the same area) to plurilingualism (ability to communicate in several languages).

In fact, the language barrier is an obstacle to the mobility of students, professionals and artists alike since a large portion of the Caribbean’s youth, whether they are from French or English-speaking territories, do not master each other’s languages.

Credit: Lonesight. 2019.

The IFLE project is therefore part of this dynamics of exchanges and opportunities through mobility.