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RAN Y&E Conclusions Transgenerational Transmission of Extremist Ideologies, online meeting 04-05 June 2020


Publication date
23 September 2020
Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs
RAN Publications Topic
  • Social cohesion and polarisation


While the process of radicalisation is often described as the act of distancing from mainstream society, radicalisation can also occur in cases where parents pass on their extremist beliefs to their children.

The aim of the RAN Youth & Education digital meeting, held on 4–5 June 2020, was to obtain further insight into the process of transgenerational transmission of extremist ideology and approaches to safeguarding children from such radicalisation by their own families and communities, by learning from practitioners working in adjacent fields, such as cults and gangs.

This paper summarises daily practices and recommendations for teachers and youth workers, active in the field of preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE). It shows how to implement best practices and lessons learned from these adjacent fields when approaching children who are growing up in an extremist environment.

Specifically, it shows how best to engage with these children and how to provide them with an alternative non-extremist network in society.

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26 MAY 2021
RAN Y&E Conclusions Transgenerational Transmission of Extremist Ideologies