Community and participation
Percentage of people from overseas
Associations and getting involved
The majority of people living in Jena are actively involved as volunteers in one of the many sports, cultural or other associations in the city. Being involved in the community helps create a common identity among the city’s population. Open engagement with the local area means you can contribute to things that matter to you. In this way, newcomers can form connections and feel welcome and at home in Jena.
- Jena Bürgerstiftung (community foundation) and its platform for volunteers
- Sparkassenstiftung Jena-Saale-Holzland (foundation of the bank Sparkasse)
- Overview of cultural associations in Jena
- Overview of sports clubs and associations in Jena
- Jena community politics: Results of the 2019 city council elections
- Jena community politics: Overview of the city council
Religion and places of worship
Jena is a tolerant open-minded city. Around 25% of the population in Jena follow a religion.
As well as Protestant and Catholic churches, Jena also has an Islamic Centre, an Islamic Cultural Association, a Jewish and a Buddhist congregation.
Participation and migrant groups
In Jena, around 16,000 people have a migrant background. This is around 14.5% of the population. There are numerous international and intercultural groups in the city which welcome new and active members. The city of Jena supports equal rights to participation in city life for every citizen. To this end, many different measures have been undertaken, and there are many sources of advice and information available.
There are many community initiatives to encourage participation. These include:
Three working groups (working; housing and living; children and young people) discuss current developments, successes and areas for action on the subject of inclusion in Jena.
QuerWege e. V.
The QuerWege Association campaigns for an open and individual interpretation of personhood in society. Founded in 1993, around 270 people are currently active in QuerWege.
The Centre campaigns for women’s right to live autonomously, free from violence and to assure their quality of life.
- Overview of international cultural associations in Jena. ‘International Contacts’ category
- Overview of migrant organisations in Jena
- Migrant and integration advisory council in Jena
- Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration
- Bundeszuwanderungs-und Integrationsrat [Federal Board for Immigration and Integration]
- Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Immigrantenverbände [Federation of Immigrants’ Associations]
- Allgemeine Gleichstellungsgesetzt (General Equal Opportunities Act)
- Thüringer Beauftragte für die Gleichstellung von Frau und Mann [Gender Equality Representative]
- Thüringer Landesbeauftragte für Menschen mit Behinderung [Regional Representative for People with Disabilities]
By late 2019 15,793 migrants were resident in Jena. This is around 14.5% of the population. An integration initiative to ensure their participation in social processes has been in existence since 2008 and is developed on a continuous basis.
The aim is to ensure that the needs of the growing number of residents in Jena with a migration background are taken into account.
The Jena Integration Advisory Council acts to represent the political interests of migrants. This panel advises the city authorities in all matters pertaining to migrants and integration issues.
- Anti-discrimination office of the city of Jena
- Thüringer Landesantidiskriminierungsstelle (LADS) (Thuringia State Office for Equal Treatment and against Discrimination)
- Consultation for victims of right-wing, racist and anti-Semitic violence (ezra)
- Thuringia anti-discrimination network ‘thadine’
- Antidiskriminierungsverband Deutschland e. V. (Advd) (German anti-discrimination association)
- WEISSER RING Gemeinnütziger Verein zur Unterstützung von Kriminalitätsopfern und zur Verhütung von Straftaten e. V. (association offering support to victims of crime and for the prevention of crime)