Report recommends anti-radicalization strategies for European cities
Cities in Europe and elsewhere have several tools at their disposal to curb radicalization beyond law enforcement and surveillance. A new report from EUROCITIES emphasizes that fostering community, social inclusion, integration and civic participation also are effective strategies.
City responses on preventing radicalisation and violent extremism is based on feedback from 28 European cities. Amsterdam; Malmö, Sweden; Gdansk, Poland; and Sunderland, England are among the municipalities that shaped the conclusions.
While several major European metropolises have been targeted by Islamic extremists, the authors urge city leaders to tackle all forms of hate, including Islamophobia. Political violence, such as right- or left-wing extremism, and other hate crimes also must be addressed, the report adds.
Some cities counter extremism with locally initiated strategies, while others follow the guidance of national governments. As a result, effective coordination between local, national and European Union-level officials is critical, the report says. EUROCITIES is a network of major cities and municipal officials from across the European continent. Learn more here.