Globalizing labor market and transnational labor migration bring with them the question of language(s) needed and used at work. In this research network, investigations of the language needs and language use of work-seeking migrants and those already working abroad will be conducted and discussed. The main focus area is the relationship between language, identity and positioning. The aim is to search answers to following questions: how do migrants construct their identities when working in a second language, and when (if ever) are they positioned as legitimate members of the new language and work community?

It has already been noted that both low-income workers and highly educated experts may experience various kinds of barriers or boundaries, such as institutional ideologies and practices as well as their own lack of confidence, in relation to their L2 proficiency and their position in the work community. Bringing such observations together and discussing them within different theoretical and methodological frameworks will deepen our understanding of the key features of diversifying workplaces and provide tools for developing better practices in counseling, recruitment, mentoring and language education.

The theoretical and methodological approaches in investigating these questions include interactional sociolinguistics, sociocultural and ecological perspectives, narrative and discourse analysis, and conversation analysis. This variety of research approaches and settings provides an opportunity to consider the advantages of diverse investigatory strategies, and also way to compare different socially and politically divergent national settings for employment-related migration and language learning.