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Preventing Radicalisation Through Local Inclusion
Radicalisation as a catalyst for violent extremism is a fast spreading phenomenon. European cities have been experiencing it directly recently, having been the place of dramatic and tragic events. The recent terrorist attacks and the hate crimes related to religion, ethnicity and political affiliation have shown the urgent necessity for tackling the issue of extremism.
Prevention has rapidly emerged as a much necessary solution. Prevention in this sense develops around the idea of inclusion and early integration, which envisages public security and safeguard of shared spaces as a common good, which needs protection. Thus, the acts of violence motivated by hate and ideology represent important underminings to public safety, and start with the formation of cells and secret groups. It is therefore necessary to engage the local institutions and organizations in the elaboration of a strategy aimed at the support of the local community, the close collaboration with formal educational institutions, the building of local networks based on cultural dialogue and solidarity, which will ultimately achieve deradicalisation.
The policy proposal reflects these fundamental issues and builds on existing experiences to develop a network for local communities to tackle radicalisation through inclusion. It revolves around three main fields of action. First, it opens for the creation of a platform, inside the framework of RAN, to promote information sharing and knowledge exchange dedicated to local municipalities across Europe. Secondly, the proposal sees as central the promotion of youth initiatives, and the allocation of funding to grassroots inclusive initiatives, after selection through an application procedure. Finally, the proposal also calls for the inclusion at the level of schools, by fostering cooperation developing school programs and specific training activities for teachers, in order to make them sensitive to the issue of radicalisation.