This meeting will take place on 6 and 7 March in Stockholm, Sweden.
We are looking for participants that are interested to join the upcoming study visit on the Swedish approach to tackling Violent Right-Wing Extremism.
Background and aim of the meeting
In recent years Violent Right-Wing Extremism (VRWE) has become increasingly important on the European P/CVE agenda and its myriad manifestations are being looked into more and more. Also RAN Practitioners has looked at the topic from many different angles. Previous RAN Practitioners events and publications have dealt with distinct aspects such as the lone actor phenomenon (RAN cross-cutting thematic event ‘Lone actors – jointly taking stock of recent developments and combining knowledge’, April 2021), manifestations of VRWE on the local level and how to counter them (RAN FC&S Meeting ‘Violent right-wing extremism in communities’, November 2021) and the overlap between extremist ideologies (including VRWE) and conspiracy narratives in the context of COVID-19 (RAN Thematic event ‘Conspiracy narratives, anti-government sentiment and VRWE radicalisation’, March 2022).
This study visit will invite 15 practitioners from all over the EU to Stockholm, Sweden, to get first-hand insight into the workings of several organisations preventing and countering VRWE: 1) the government CVE centre (Center mot Våldsbejakande Extremism) which coordinates all the work in Sweden against violent extremism; 2) the youth centre Fryshuset where the Exit Sweden program is located; 3) the Segerstedt Institute (TBC), a national resource centre aiming to increase knowledge on violent (extremist) structures; 4) the Dialogue police unit that operates to ensure safety and management of public gatherings of violent extremists (such as demonstrations and manifestations).
By hearing from this diverse set of organisations, the participants will not focus just on one aspect of VRWE but on the whole-of-society approach that is needed to counter it. How has Sweden dealt with the issue in the last few decades and how do they manage the issue now? Which organisations are involved, how do they cooperate and which challenges do they encounter? During the meeting there will also be ample room for the visiting practitioners to share their expertise and exchange with the other participants present.
The main target audience of this study visit consists of P/CVE practitioners in the EU who have a specific focus on VRWE in their work, including CSOs, exit workers, youth and social workers, teachers and educational professionals.
Deadline and practical information
If you are interested in participating in this meeting, please fill out the form by clicking here. Please answer the questions and submit all relevant information no later than 8 February.
We will invite participants based on this information. Please keep in mind that we only have a limited number of places available for this meeting, so participation is not guaranteed. Moreover, participants are required to attend both days of the meeting.
Travel and accommodation are arranged and covered by RAN and the meeting will be held in English.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Fenna Canters and Robert Örell.
- Publication date
- 2 February 2023
- Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs