The research reported in this book would not have been possible without the help and enthusiasm of people who are far too numerous to be mentioned individually. First of all, we have to thank the almost 19,000 students whom we selected for our study and who took the time to fill out our questionnaires and to undergo our tests—not only once, but often two or more times. Many of them are still part of the sample and some have now stayed with the study for seven years. We are also grateful to their parents, who supported us by allowing their children to be interviewed and who completed questionnaires themselves. The same holds for the headmasters, teachers and local organisers in the almost 500 schools included in the study. We are especially grateful for getting—while visiting many of the classrooms ourselves—so many encouraging insights that diversity is vivid and works.
The Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Survey in Four European Countries (CILS4EU) started at the end of 2009. It was led by Frank Kalter at the headquarters at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) with Jörg Dollmann as international coordinator. The German part of the study was organised together with Irena Kogan and Clemens Kroneberg, supported by project assistants Konstanze Jacob and Zerrin Salikutluk. The English team was headed by Anthony Heath and Miles Hewstone of the University of Oxford, with Meenakshi Parameshwaran as assistant. Frank van Tubergen, Utrecht University, and Matthijs Kalmijn, Tilburg University, were principal investigators in the Netherlands, with Eva Jaspers and Pascale van Zantvliet setting up the start of the study. The Swedish part of the project was led from the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) by Jan O. Jonsson with Sara Brolin Låftman and Frida Rudolphi as collaborators. These teams, who were responsible for the first data collection on which this book is based, developed into a nice mix between an international firm and family over time, and we are proud that most of the people who were part of this endeavour also appear as authors in this book.
We would like to thank the teams of NatCen Social Research in London, IEA Data Processing and Research Center (DPC) in Hamburg and Statistics Sweden in Örebro for organising and conducting the fieldwork in England, Germany and Sweden. We are impressed by the work of countless research and student assistants in the Netherlands who organised and conducted the fieldwork on their own.
The CILS4EU project was funded by the New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in Europe (NORFACE) and European Research Area Network (ERA-NET) Plus ‘Migration in Europe’ Programme. The MZES (p.xi) and the Institute for Future Studies in Stockholm hosted and supported several workshops and meetings to prepare this book. We would like to thank Betty Haire Weyerer, Lea Waniek, Zehra Mermer and Reilly Lorenz for their great assistance in setting up the manuscript, and the British Academy—especially Brigid Hamilton-Jones—for invaluable support. (p.xii)