The digital self and urban lifestyle

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Mobile generation: young ­people in Germany like to go places. Both in the wide expanses of the social networks and in ­reality. What is important is open-­mindedness.

Just like you, young people in Germany are inquisitive and modern citizens of the world. They are networked with friends via social media and want to find out what others are doing and planning. They naturally also have friends in many countries in “real” life. Most young people in Germany consider globalisation to be an opportun­ity. Around one in four young adults has lived abroad at some point. A school year abroad or study residence in an­other country is particularly important for many people. Some also gain their first insights into the world and work by taking part in the Working Holiday Programme.

Germany is a country in which people from all over the world live together peacefully. Immigrants and their children bring fresh ideas and perspectives with them. In popular youth culture the big names are often young people with a “migrant background”. And in the German national football squad a cosmopolitan approach is the recipe for ­success. Sami Khedira, Jérôme Boateng, Mesut Özil oder İlkay Gündoğan are role models for an entire generation, including outside Germany.

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