Offline and online Radicalisation Prevention Holding back Extremism and Upholding Security | 2 Mers Seas Zeeën

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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

Belgium/Flanders

City of Mechelen

Lead partner

address

Frankrijk

Contact

Project budget

4 315 672

ERDF amount

2 589 403

ERDF rate

60%

Begindatum

01/02/2019

Einddatum

30/09/2022

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.