This project studies the success of immigrant children and youths in the educational systems of Israel and Germany.

The project is funded by the German-Israeli “Migration and Societal Integration” research consortium. The consortium studies the acculturation of migrant children and youths in Israel and Germany. It consists of researchers in the fields of psychology, sociology, criminology and linguistics from several universities in Germany (Berlin, Bielefeld, Bremen, Chemnitz, Jena, Leipzig, and Mannheim) and Israel (Bar-Ilan, Haifa, Hebrew and Tel Aviv).

The target groups are immigrants from the former Soviet Union (Russian Jews in Israel and Ethnic Germans and Jews in Germany), and the respective reference population (Germans without a migration background and Turkish immigrants in Germany, and natives Jews in Israel). Data were collected on children in grades 4, 9 and 10 and their mothers in Germany, and grades 4, 9 and 11 and their mothers in Israel.

Most respondents were interviewed twice. The first interview was conducted during the school year and the second interview that was conducted one year later.

The questionnaires collected detailed information on numerous variables including social background, educational histories, achievement and cognitive aptitude as well as social and cultural capital and more.