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Finland

The CONCORDIA project

The CONCORDIA project

Harnessing the power of digital media tools to prevent the radicalisation of vulnerable youth

In Europe today there are a wide range of situations and circumstances where extremist narratives have emerged as powerful and destructive tools used by religious fanatics, terrorists and those espousing radical political views to radicalize vulnerable youth. Indeed, it is clear that the range of situations and circumstances where radicalization can occur increases with every economic downturn; every incident of racial hatred or homophobic abuse; every new migrant or refugee crisis.

The CONCORDIA Project consortium comprises 8 partners representing 8 Member States. It is led by Jugendförderverein Parchim/Lübz e.V. from Germany who are supported by Asociatia pentru Educatie si Dezvoltare Durabila from Romania; Die Kärntner Volkshochschulen from Austria; Centrum inspirace from the Czech Republic; Future In Perspective from Ireland; Etudes Et Chantiers Corsica from France; SYNTHESIS Centre for Research and Education from Cyprus and Innoventum Oy from Finland.

While it is widely accepted that teenage years can be a particularly hard time for some young people in the vast majority of cases issues that arise are of a transient nature and the young people in question with appropriate supports successfully negotiate the pitfalls. For a small minority these challenges persist and are often further exacerbated by a lack of positive role models and feelings of alienation from their peer group. For this cohort of vulnerable youth the path to an inclusive and rewarding life can be somewhat obscured. Educational under-achievement most often leads to social exclusion and multi-faceted disadvantage and in a small number of cases young adolescents on the margins of society and economy are being attracted to extremist groups enticed by the false promises of Neo-Nazi or “Islamic State” ideologies.

website:
https://www.concordia.website/en/home/

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"Detection and response to radicalisation appearances" (DARRA Project)

“Detection and response to radicalisation appearances" (DARRA Project)

The aim is to create an instrument / tool to help identify people / cases that are affected by radicalization and in which cases extreme acts of violence may be involved. The evaluation tool is selected by people who need more and more attention. The tool is primarily aimed at constables and youth police officers, since they are in a position to detect such cases at an early stage

E-mail / Contact / telephone
Project partner in Finland: National Police Board of Finland Seppo Kolehmainen
https://www.poliisi.fi/contact_information

Support for Religious Victims (UUT ry).

Support for Religious Victims (UUT ry).

UUT strives to influence society in such a way that violations of human rights, spiritual violence and discrimination by religious communities and their former members are not accepted. We do this by presenting our positions to the authorities, researchers, politicians and representatives of other organizations and media, based on experience and related research. The association compiles and analyses information related to the activities of religious communities in support of social influence. We follow the activities of religious movements in Finland and participate in a social debate about the activities of religions. We engage in international cooperation with organizations like us, and we are also informing and participating in the dialogue on the activities of the religions also internationally.

Website
http://www.uskontojenuhrientuki.fi

E-mail / Contact / telephone
Postal address: Victims of Religious Support UUT ry, Second Line 17, 00530 Helsinki
Visiting address: Suonionkatu 2, 00530 Helsinki
tiedotus@uut.fi
Executive Director: Joni Valkila; Phone: 050 542 88 44; E-mail: joni.valkila@uut.fi
Peer Support Coordinator: Iina Gummerus; Phone: +358 40 514 55 51; Email: iina.gummerus@uut.fi
UUT's Board of Directors: hallitus@uut.fi

Immigrants intoxicant and mental health problem Association (Maahanmuuttajien Päihde ja Mielenterveys ongelma Ry. MPMTO)

Immigrants intoxicant and mental health problem Association (Maahanmuuttajien Päihde ja Mielenterveys ongelma Ry. MPMTO)

The Immigrants' Drugs and Mental Health Problem is a socially active association that generates cultural-sensitizing activities for immigrants, the association aims to support and promote the well-being of immigrants based on children and young people. The association activities utilize the empowering influence of cultures and religions on immigrants to strengthen inclusion in their communities and in society in general. By supporting the well-being and inclusion of young people and their families in society, we aim to prevent youth crime, mental health and substance abuse problems, the risk of marginalization and radicalization.

Website
http://www.mpmto.fi

E-mail / Contact / telephone
Visbynkuja 2 / Lyypekinkuja 1
00930 Helsinki
Sähköposti.
info@mpmto.fi
Puh. +358 40 8179 239 / +358 45 3322 466

The Finnish-Syrian Friendship Association (Suomi-Syyria Ystävyysseura ry)

The Finnish-Syrian Friendship Association (Suomi-Syyria Ystävyysseura ry)

The Association offers counseling and support to help immigrants integrate into the Finnish society and works closely with various government agencies and non-governmental organizations within Finland. In addition, the Association organizes a variety of networking events, trips and celebrations. The Finnish-Syrian Friendship Association also organizes activities with the intention of familiarizing Syrians with the Finnish culture.

Website
http://ssys.fi/en/general

E-mail / Contact / telephone
Project Director: Imad Alkhatib, Bridges for Syrians Project.
Chairperson: Mania Alkhatib, Finland-Syria Friendship Society.
Tel: +35840 4125900
Email: info@ssys.fi

The Muslim Youth Forum of Finland (Nuorten Muslimien Foorumi, NMF ry)

The Muslim Youth Forum of Finland (Nuorten Muslimien Foorumi, NMF ry)

NMF ry was born in Turku in 2003 with ambitious aims of providing services that were both compatible with the Islamic faith and suitable for Finnish life. Services offered by young people for young people.

NMF ry offers young Muslims with an opportunity to grow and build their identity as Finnish Muslims, with multicultural backgrounds, while benefiting and promoting their community.

NMF improves the position of girls and women, working to ensure gender equality and ongoing social engagement. By making sure women and girls have equal access to opportunities and activity participation NMF help to ensure female voices are heard in society.

NMF promotes healthy lifestyles for young people. Since its foundation The Muslim Youth Forum of Finland has arranged a number of camps, seminars, and debate and discussion events in Finland and abroad. NMF has also organised celebratory events and opportunities for its members to study and to increase their knowledge of Islam. Currently the headquarters of the Muslim Youth Forum of Finland are in Turku. NMF has also expanded its operations to Helsinki, Tampere and Vaasa.

Website
http://nmf.fi/en

E-mail / Contact / telephone
Postal address: PO Box 182, 20101 Turku
Office address: Kalevantie 17, Turku
info@nmf.fi

Chair: Adan-NassirMuhamedGadid
amgadid555@hotmail.com

Centre for Community Mediation, Finnish Refugee Council

Centre for Community Mediation, Finnish Refugee Council

The Community Mediation Centre is founded in the beginning of 2015 to mediate conflicts between neighbours, communities and groups. The organization operate in the Helsinki metropolitan area, Turku and Pirkanmaa regions. Consulting service is provided nationwide.

The organization’s vision is that conflict is an opportunity. By transforming conflicts, it is possible to create, repair or restore relationships. They are needed because functional relations are best prevention of polarization, tensions and violences. Relations are built or restored through contructive communication. By restoring communication, conflicts become possible to solve.

Website
http://www.naapuruussovittelu.fi

E-mail / Contact / telephone
Director: Miriam Attias; tel. 040 561 8376
Helsinki metropolitan area: Mediator Jens Gellin; tel. 040 835 2994
Pirkanmaa region: Mediator Hanna Vuorinen; tel. 045 120 9046
Turku region: Mediator Pasi Ojala; tel. 045 110 3483, c/o Business Hotel, Linnankatu 45, 00100
Turku Email: firstname.lastname@naapuruussovittelu.fi
Facebook: www.facebook.com/naapuruussovittelu

“National Action Plan for the Prevention of Violent Radicalisation and Extremism”

“National Action Plan for the Prevention of Violent Radicalisation and Extremism”

In 2012, the Government decided on the preparation of the first national programme of measures – an Action Plan – for the prevention of violent extremism. Now the Plan has been revised. In accordance with international best practices the prevention of violent radicalisation refers to the specific measures focused on those groups and individuals who run the risk of becoming radicalised. The updated Plan continues the actions which are still relevant and which proved effective in the first programme. The Action Plan has been updated by including measures which meet the new challenges of the operating environment as well as changes therein. The Plan was prepared through extensive participation between the authorities, organisations and communities. The Ministry of the Interior steers and coordinates the implementation of the Action Plan; different authorities, organisations and communities contribute to the effort.

Website
http://julkaisut.valtioneuvosto.fi/bitstream/handle/10024/75040/Kansallinen_vakivalt_radikalisoituminen_eng_NETTI.pdf
http://intermin.fi/etusivu

E-mail / Contact / telephone
Ministry of the Interior; PO Box 26, 00023 Government
http://intermin.fi/etusivu

“Innovative, ethical and effective actions to tackle radicalization leading to violent extremism“ (Project MINDB4ACT)

“Innovative, ethical and effective actions to tackle radicalization leading to violent extremism“ (Project MINDB4ACT)

MINDb4ACT is a collaborative project participated by 7 LEAs, think-tanks, reserach centres, universities, industry associations and NGO based in 10 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and United Kingdom). The project will contribute to the European priorities for the improvement of current counter-violent extremism policies (CVEs) in the countries represented in the consortium (Austria, Belgium Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy Poland, Spain and United Kingdom) and the generation of new ones connecting through collaboration ecosystems (innovative, open, participatory, user-centred environments) to co-design interventions such as research actions, exchanges, strategic-policy exercises, training courses and pilot projects based on social innovation and civic engagement schemes (a community of practice of 1,500 people). All actions will be developed in 5 specific domains: prisons and judiciary system; migration hotspots and asylum centres, schools, cities (peri-urban contexts) and the Internet and media. A special contribution of the project will be the integration of technology based practical solutions with the contribution of the industry. MINDb4ACT focused on developing policy recommendations and practical solutions for end-users.

Website
https://twitter.com/mindb4act

E-mail / Contact / telephone
Police University College (POLIISIAMMATTIKORKEAKOULU)
Vaajakatu 2
33720 TAMPERE Finland