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Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Survey in Four European Countries

Project Summary

Research on the integration of the second generation in Europe has revealed important differences between countries, ethnic groups, and domains of life. Thus far, however, research has failed to uncover the mechanisms generating these diverse and complex patterns. Our project aims to fill this gap by tackling key unanswered questions in the fields of structural, social, and cultural 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. We derive hypotheses from the central theoretical approaches and test them empirically using the most appropriate advanced methods.

Answering these questions requires large-scale, strictly comparative, theory-guided, multilevel and longitudinal data - data that is not currently available in Europe. Building on the model of the prominent “Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study” (CILS) from the U.S., we plan to collect rich panel information on teenagers in four European countries: Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. We will interview children of immigrants and their majority peers at age 14 in 2010 (along with their mothers), and follow up the children over the next two years, thus covering a crucial, formative period of their lives.

All data will be made available to the international research community for public use. Furthermore we will endeavour to make this the start of an even more comprehensive comparative panel study: further waves, birth cohorts, and countries could and should be added in future stages. Thus in addition to our own substantive research contributions, we plan to build an enduring infrastructure for continuing research on intergenerational integration of immigrants in Europe.
 

Project Personnel

Participants Name Institution Country
Principal Investigator Frank Kalter University of Mannheim, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) Germany
Co-Applicant Anthony Heath University of Oxford United Kingdom
Co-Applicant Miles Hewstone University of Oxford United Kingdom
Co-Applicant Jan O Jonsson Stockholm University Sweden
Co-Applicant Matthijs Kalmijn Tilburg University The Netherlands
Co-Applicant Irena Kogan University of Mannheim Germany
Co-Applicant Frank Van Tubergen University of Utrecht The Netherlands
Team Member Linus Andersson Rydell Stockholm University Sweden
Team Member Sara Brolin Laftman Stockholm University Sweden
Team Member Jörg Dollmann University of Mannheim, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) Germany
Team Member Per Engzell Stockholm University Sweden
Team Member Sara Geven Utrecht University The Netherlands
Team Member Andreas Horr University of Mannheim, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) Germany
Team Member Konstanze Jacob University of Mannheim, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) Germany
Team Member Eva Jaspers Utrecht University The Netherlands
Team Member Clemens Kroneberg University of Cologne Germany
Team Member Hanno Kruse University of Mannheim, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) Germany
Team Member Carina Mood Stockholm University Sweden
Team Member Meenakshi Parameshwaran University of Oxford United Kingdom
Team Member Frida Rudolphi Stockholm University Sweden
Team Member Zerrin Salikutluk University of Mannheim, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) Germany
Team Member Sanne Smith Utrecht University The Netherlands
Team Member Pascale van Zantvliet Utrecht University The Netherlands