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Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study in Norway Modul 2: Explaining socioeconomic outcomes and cultural adaptations in early adulthood

The Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study in Norway is a long term research program designed to study social mobility and cultural adaptation among children of immigrants and their majority peers in the capital region of Norway.

About the project

A baseline study among 16 year olds was conducted in 2016. Using updated register data and follow-up surveys, we will follow this cohort of adolescents through the educational system and into adulthood.

The CILS-design is a comprehensive, standardized method for studying intergenerational integration of children of immigrants, and has been implemented in the US, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Sweden and Spain.

The first module of the CILS-NOR project was established in 2015 and concluded in 2020. The second module of the project will run from 2021 until 2025.

Immigrants in Norway come from all over the world and from all walks of life. Many, however, find themselves in the lower parts of the Norwegian socio-economic hierarchy, and many remain distinct from the majority population in terms of religion, cultural orientations and ethnic identities. The long term consequences of immigration will therefore to a large extent be shaped by how their children adapt and become part of the socio-economic structure as well as the social and cultural fabric of society.

As new generations of ethnically diverse adolescents move into adulthood, investigating the forces that shape their opportunities and adaptations not just in in education, employment, but also in the social and cultural life of Norwegian society is crucial for understanding the challenges of the future, in terms of social cohesion, inequality and sustainability.

  • Will they experience upward social mobility through education and work, or will they stagnate in the often marginalized positions of their parents?
  • Will they maintain the cultural orientations of their parents’ countries of birth or will they gradually adapt their beliefs and orientations to the surrounding society?
  • Will they be accepted as equals by the majority or will they remain excluded from mainstream society?
  • And how will the Norwegian society be transformed, as immigrants and their descendants are incorporated into it?


The project is coordinated by FAFO.


The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway. The total grant is NOK 12.000.000



Published Feb. 28, 2022 11:16 AM - Last modified Mar. 14, 2022 10:02 AM