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: 

After having finished the sixth wave of the German part of CILS4EU at end of 2016, one of our main tasks in 2017 was preparing the survey data for publication in 2018. Especially the information resulting from the retrospective Life History Calendar required extensive treatment. Furthermore, almost throughout the whole last year, linguistically experienced and specially trained student assistants were involved in coding possible foreign accents and regional dialects of the respondents with the help of audio files recorded during the interview in wave 6. Currently, we are preparing the questionnaire of the seventh wave, which will be conducted in early summer 2018.

Fact sheet

2009 to 2020
Data Sources: 
Primary data collection
Geographic Space: 
Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom/England