Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Survey in Four European Countries (CILS4EU)

Research question/goal: 

This project focuses on the intergenerational integration of the children of immigrants in four selected European countries: Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Initially funded within the NORFACE programme, it is the first comprehensive and fully-standardized panel study on this topic in Europe. Between 2010 and 2013, three waves of data collection were conducted with children of immigrants and their majority peers starting at age 14, thus covering a crucial, formative period of their lives. Furthermore, parental as well as teachers’ surveys were realised during the first wave of data collection. Based on these data, it will be possible to investigate the complex causal interplay between the processes of structural, social, and cultural integration. The project started from the assumption that this is the only way one can account for the important differences between countries, ethnic groups, and domains of life, as revealed by prior research on the integration of the second generation in Europe. The project is the first to collect the data needed to uncover the mechanisms behind these diverse and complex patterns: large-scale, strictly comparative, theory-guided, multilevel and longitudinal data. Regarding the latter, the longitudinal aspect did not end after the initial NORFACE funding period in 2014. All country teams started – sometimes, as in the case of Germany, meanwhile successful – initiatives to prolong the project in the context of national research projects, still ensuring highly coordinated action between the different country teams.

Current stage: 

While the funding of the project within the NORFACE Programme ended early 2014, the German part of CILS4EU received follow-up funding for additional three years and is now in the long-term programme of the DFG. Our partners in England, the Netherlands, and Sweden also aim to extend the study; some have already been successful and received grants for further waves. We completed the fieldwork of the fourth wave in Germany in early summer 2014. In the second half of 2014, we developed the questionnaire for the fifth wave and additionally started to prepare the fieldwork of the sixth wave in 2016, where a refreshment sample will be selected.

Fact sheet

2009 to 2017
Data Sources: 
Primary data collection
Geographic Space: 
Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom/England