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Offline and online Radicalisation Prevention Holding back Extremism and Upholding Security

Priority Axis

Technological and Social Innovation

Specific objective

Social Innovation

Lead partner

City of Mechelen

Contact

Start Date

01/02/2019

End Date

30/09/2022

Project budget

4 315 672

ERDF amount

2 589 403

ERDF rate

60%

    About

    Common challenge

    In European cities, the threat of radicalisation towards all types of political violence, such as jihadi, extreme right, hate crime, is a significant and rising societal concern. Since 2014, more than 30 fatal attacks have been carried out in Europe. Over 50.000 Islamist violent extremists were counted in 2017, while the number of extreme-right arrests increased. Counterterrorism experts describe the youth at risk as solitary adolescents estranged from family, friends and social institutions, with a lack of positive prospects, both real and perceived, and in search of belonging. This social alienation makes them receptive to a groomer’s attention. Both policymakers and field workers acknowledge the need to engage with young people more effectively to reduce the risk of radicalisation.

    Partnership

    Partners

    Portsmouth City Council

    University of Portsmouth

    Arteveldehogeschool Gent

    Greta Grand Littoral

    Centre of Expertise and Advice for Prevention and Intervention of Radicalism and Extremism

    University College Roosevelt

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