Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Survey in Four European Countries
The Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Survey in Four European Countries (CILS4EU) project focuses on the integration of children of immigrants in four European countries: Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and England. 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.
The CILS4COVID survey is integrated in the German part and extension of the ‘Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Survey in Four European Countries’ (CILS4EU-DE). It focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young adults in Germany. The online survey started on April 22, 2020 and was distributed to young adults aged 24–26, oversampling those with a migration background. In addition, paper questionnaires were sent to those who had not participated until May 13, 2020, resulting in a total sample size of approximately 3,500 cases to date. The aim of CILS4COVID is to assess how the Covid-19 pandemic affects the daily life,
behaviors, attitudes, and emotional state of young adults in Germany. Participants answered questions about their current (professional) situation, adherence to hygiene measures (e.g., washing hands), and experiences of ethnic discrimination since the start of the pandemic. Furthermore, the use of different sources of information and trust in these sources was assessed. To capture attitudes, respondents were asked to evaluate both government measures regarding the pandemic and measures regarding climate change — enabling a comparative perspective on these topics. Questions about respondents’ concerns and fears as well as their well-being and satisfaction in various areas of life during the Covid-19 pandemic aimed to measure respondents’ emotional state. Due to this comprehensive design, the CILS4COVID dataset offers unique insights on both native and migrant young adults’ life during the Covid-19 pandemic (in Germany).