The CILS4EU project is dedicated to the comparative analysis of the development of immigrants’ progeny. In its current form it is the first comprehensive and fully-standardised panel study on this topic in Europe – a unique opportunity for researchers all over the world to study the internal processes leading to intergenerational integration.

We start from the general assumption that it is the complex causal interplay between these dimensions which needs to be understood and disentangled in order to account for cross-group and cross-country differences in Europe.

A unique opportunity

Answering these questions requires large-scale, strictly comparative, theory-guided, multilevel and longitudinal data - data that is currently not available in Europe. Building on the model of the prominent Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study (CILS) from the U.S., we managed to collect rich panel information on teenagers in four selected European countries: Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and England.

We started interviewing children of immigrants and their native peers at age 14 in the year 2010, and followed them up over the next two years, thus covering a crucial, formative period of their lives. Overall, more than 18.000 students participated in the first wave of the survey.

An enduring data infrastructure

All data will be made available to the international research community for public use. Furthermore we will make this the start of an even more comprehensive panel study: further waves, and countries could and should be added in future stages.

Thus in addition to our own research contributions, we plan to build an enduring infrastructure for research on intergenerational integration of immigrants in Europe.