This presentation explores how language policy interacts with language maintenance and learning in multilingual contexts. Our world is increasingly connected and increased mobility of multilingual people has led to increased, and new kinds, of language contact. Yet, because of globalization – and the prominence of a handful of languages (especially English) – linguistic diversity is declining and languages are dying. In this presentation I explain how language policies have both promoted and prohibited minority language maintenance. I argue that multilingual education helps provide equal educational opportunity for minority language speakers, which is beneficial both for the individuals and society.