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For "City of the Future – ZRH3039", Stadtentwicklung Zürich organised four events that dealt with the everyday life, origins and perspectives of 30- to 39-year-olds in the city of Zurich. Different topics were highlighted.

A city without a majority society – Zurich Migration Conference 2018

The diversity in the city of Zurich is very great in various respects and can be described with the term superdiversity. The development goes in a direction in which the "migrant" population forms the majority, but ultimately there are no longer any "homogeneous" majorities: "majority minority cities".

The focus was on the age group of 30- to 39-year-olds. It is the largest and most diverse in Zurich and is characterized, among other things, by a very high level of economic integration and, due to the proportion of foreigners of over 45 percent, by a large "democratic deficit". It is an exemplary way of describing and discussing the questions.

The Zurich Migration Conference 2018 was the launch event of the "ZRH3039" series, with which Zurich's urban development addressed and reflected on the age group of 30 to 39 year olds (programme).

Global work nomads – operational and local integration in contradiction?

Urban Development Zurich discussed with experts what is necessary for mobile employees to feel part of both the company and the city of Zurich. The panel discussion got to the bottom of the needs, interests and possibilities of business and city administration. Specifically , questions relating to company and local integration were discussed, for example what new forms of work are in demand by this age group or how important prerequisites for reconciling work and family are ( programme).

Are we running out of democracy? Professionally integrated – politically excluded

The 30- to 39-year-olds in Zurich are economically very well integrated (92% employment), but almost half (47%) of these people are excluded from formal political participation. Such a democratic deficit can also be observed in other population groups, so that the issue of a lack of political co-determination is becoming increasingly relevant.

The Department of Urban Development of the City of Zurich, together with the Centre for Democracy Aarau (ZDA), took this circumstance as an opportunity to discuss the significance of this situation for our direct democratic and cosmopolitan self-image, how it can be possible to integrate these population groups and which alternative forms of participation can be successful in the context of the city of Zurich (programme).

ZRH3039 – Right in the middle: An age group in focus

Dynamism, innovative strength and migration are characteristic of the group of 30- to 39-year-olds, who, according to forecasts, will soon number around 100,000 people in the city of Zurich. What does Zurich mean as a place to live and work for this age group? How does she shape her everyday life in the field of tension between her own expectations and foreign constraints? Representatives of the age group discussed needs and demands as well as fears and visions (program).

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