The CILS4EU project focuses on the intergenerational integration of children of immigrants in four selected European countries: Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Funded within the NORFACE programme, it is the first comprehensive and fully-standardized panel study on this topic in Europe.
Children of immigrants and their ethnic majority peers at age 14 were interviewed the first time in the school year 2010/2011, as well as their parents and teachers. Subsequently, the adolescents were followed up over the next two years, thus covering a crucial, formative period of their lives.
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Based on these data, it is possible to investigate the complex causal interplay between the processes of structural, social, and cultural integration. The project starts from the assumption that only thereby one can account for the important differences between countries, ethnic groups, and domains of life.
There is a substantial body of prior research on the integration of the second generation in Europe that has already taken steps to reveal these important differences. However, CILS4EU is the first project to collect data on immigrants’ children in Europe that satisfies different important needs sufficiently: large-scale, strictly comparative, theory-guided, multilevel and longitudinal.
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CILS4EU is a joined project from researchers from England, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden, originally located at the universities of Mannheim, Utrecht, Tilburg, Oxford and Stockholm.
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All data will be made successively available to the international research community for public use. Thus, in addition to the project team’s own substantive research contributions, the aim is to build an enduring infra-structure for continuing research on the intergenerational integration of immigrants in Europe.
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