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Runtime: 5’24" | 11-24-2014 10:37:17 | 2694 Hits

Danish experiences in counter-radicalisation

This interviewee, his identity concealed, is a counter-radicalisation expert in Denmark, a country with a high proportion of foreign fighters. He represents the Danish ‘Back on track’ programme which provides mentoring and help for inmates who are imprisoned on grounds of terrorism. He speaks of how the feeling of belonging, identity, and righteousness draw people towards extremist views. He describes how those who leave for countries like Syria go with the intention to kill or to be killed with the ultimate goal of martyrdom. Those who don’t succeed pose a great danger, as they may attempt to fulfil their mission at home. In this expert’s experience, a great deal is required from society to reintegrate them and prevent this. 

The testimonials presented in this section deal with highly sensitive issues. Taken out of context, the material could be misconstrued and cause offence. To this end, when reusing and editing the footage it is essential to uphold at all times the integrity and dignity of the interviewees, and present their statements in context. Permission to freely edit the material implies an agreement to maintain the overall messages contained in the testimonials.

This film is one of five clips available on this platform as part of a set that deals with the topic of radicalisation in Europe. The complete set includes the following:



  • Usama Hasan’s story

  • Rashad Ali’s story

  • Belgian experiences in counter-radicalisation

  • Interview with Omar Ramadan, Head of the Secretariat of the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN)



The Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) is an EU-wide umbrella network connecting key organisations and networks of local actors involved in preventing radicalisation to terrorism and violent extremism established by the European Commission in 2011.

More information on RAN and European Commission’s actions to prevent radicalisation can be found in the background documents below.





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