- Target Audience
- First responders or practitionersFormers
- key themes association
- Deradicalisation/disengagementViolent right-wing extremism
- Peer Reviewed practice
Exit Sweden is a part of the youth centre Fryshuset (a non-governmental organisation). Exit Sweden is funded primarily by governmental grants. From time to time we participate in EU-funded projects (such as ISEC, Erasmus+, etc.).
Type of Organisation: NGO
Exit provides hands-on individually targeted support to those who want to leave behind radical environments and extreme groups. Exit offers personal meetings, provides a contact person (if needed available 24/7) and assists in contacts with governmental agencies. Exit cooperates with housing corporations, the police, social services, other legal entities and family and friends of those who want out. Exit also offers counselling to parents, siblings, partners and others close to its clients.
The work is tailor made due to the specific situation of the individual client, but usually focus on building a new social identity outside of the previous extremis identity. Activities can vary from social activities and social training, to very direct hands-on engagement with moving, tattoo-removal, contact with different authorities, etc.
The length of our work differs depending on the situation, usually from between a few months up to a couple of years.
Exit has existed since 1998. Some of those who have left white power/neo-Nazi environments through the support of Exit now work for the project, building on their own experiences and deep understanding of what it means to leave such environments behind.
Other activities of Exit include capacity building in municipalities, schools and non-profit NGO’s working with the target group.
In 2010 Exit expanded to Passus, building on the methods and experiences of Exit, targeting individuals who wants to disengage criminal gangs and networks.
During the last years Exit has been involved in international spreading, assisting NGO’s, governments and international organizations to understand, create and build Exit programmes around the world.
In 2012 Exit Sweden produced a theatre play, the Voice of Hate, targeting young people (ages 14-18 years) with the focus on preventing young individuals from joining extremist environments by delivering different perspectives on why people join the white power movement and how an engagement affects the individuals involved in extremism.
Exit Sweden has produced two handbooks for first-line practitioners; one for preventing violent extremism, and one for learning about disengagement and interventions with already active extremists.
In 2016 the director of Exit Sweden made a TEDx talk on the topic:
A way out from violent extremism. Watch here.
In October 2019, the local Sodermalm Direkt published an article about how Exit Sweden helped a father save his daughter from neo-Nazism.
The article is about ”Maria” – a 21-year-old former neo-Nazi whose father contacted Exit Sweden for help when he found out that his daughter attended a neo-Nazi rally. With the help he received from Exit Sweden he understood that everything he had done so far was counter-productive. What he needed to do was to maintain contact with his daughter so she had somewhere to turn the day she left the neo-Nazi organisation. When that day came, Maria came into contact with Exit Sweden herself. This helped her leave the group.
In August 2020, the magazine EXPO published an article about Exit’s focus on helping relatives of radicalised individuals amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.