City Responses on Preventing Radicalisation and Violent Extremism: Social Inclusion as a Tool?

There is growing concern in Europe about security threats coming from radicalised individuals and violent extremists. Recent terrorist attacks have influenced the political agenda at all levels and are becoming a policy priority for city authorities.

EUROCITIES carried out a scoping exercise among our members in June 2016 to collect information on cities’ actions to prevent radicalisation and violent extremism.

A total of 28 cities from across Europe replied to the survey, giving details of their approaches, challenges and plans on the prevention of extremism and radicalisation at local level. Our report presents the main findings of this survey and lessons learned so far, and is illustrated by examples from cities.

The report is divided into the following sections:

  • executive summary and key findings
  • approaches 
  • strategies
  • organisation
  • challenges
  • lessons learned and next steps

Our report is based on responses from the following 28 cities, submitted before 1 July 2016: Aarhus, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bilbao, Bologna, Brno, Dortmund, Dresden, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Ghent, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Helsinki, Leeds, London, Malmo, Manchester, Nice, Rotterdam, Stockholm, Sunderland, Tampere, Toulouse, Twente, Utrecht, Vienna.


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