Groningen is rapidly becoming more international. This is a structural change to the city demographic which is already having an impact on local communities and organisations. New residents have a lot to offer the city, but recent research also shows that increased diversity can erode social cohesion and decrease feelings of belonging. How can we ensure that the city adapts to growing diversity without losing its high level of social cohesion, but instead benefits from it? How to ensure that all residents – both local and international – can participate fully and have a sense of belonging, in the context of international Groningen?
In this interactive, interdisciplinary symposium we will address these questions from a number of perspectives: work, study, living, and city life. Short presentations by speakers sharing research or practical findings will be combined with group and plenary discussion. The insights and challenges arising from the morning symposium will feed into an activity programme for the afternoon.
The symposium is relevant for policy makers, researchers and professionals working