Inclusion in a diverse city
What does the City of Malmö do to make its citizens feel secure and ensure that everybody is given the same opportunities regardless of cultural or religious background? It is largely about collaborations for social sustainability, but also about targeted initiatives if required.
Malmö is a city with a diversity of languages, cultures and religions. Two of the municipality’s most important tasks are to help people feel safe and secure in the city and ensure that Malmö’s residents feel involved and included. These tasks are mainly carried out in the daily work in schools and leisure and culture sectors, preferably in cooperation with civil society.
The commitment to the city and its challenges is considerable. The little big city of Malmö has become known for its cocky attitude and willingness to try new things.
Malmö’s rich community life and many associations contribute greatly to the inclusion of Malmö’s residents and in conveying positive values to the city's young people. There are also various types of forums dedicated to the effort to unite the people of Malmö across boundaries of language, culture, and religion. Here are some examples:
Coexist, which consists of representatives from religious communities in Malmö, works for a safer city from a freedom of religion perspective. At Coexist, religious community members, authorities and people of Malmö come together in an open, neutral and structured manner. Topics may include matters such as preventive activities or current events.
The starting point for Open Skåne is that diversity is a resource that is best utilised through knowledge transfer, education, conversation, and interaction. Through think tanks, open meetings and dialogues, Open Skåne operates in areas relating to the labour market, civil society, health, culture, media, public authorities, business community, politics, religion, education, and science. Partners are religious communities, public authorities, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Southern Sweden.
Meet Malmö In the Meet Malmö forum, the City of Malmö and its business community collaborate to find solutions to the city's challenges. Ideas and initiatives from the business community, organisations and the City of Malmö on socially sustainable development are allowed to grow and develop into partnerships and concrete solutions. Personal meetings and an online portal for testing ideas and searching for partners and other resources stimulates development. Meet Malmö is based on the concept of lasting knowledge alliances between the municipality and other actors in society.