Radicalisation is the process by which a person accepts the use of force as means to achieve political, ideological or religious goals. The present report was developed in the context of the 1st Working Package of the EU Erasmus+ Project Youth Empowerment and Innovation Project (YEIP), which aims to create a framework for preventing the marginalisation and radicalisation of young people in Europe. YEIP’s tool for tackling radicalisation will be based on positive psychology, the Good Lives Model (GLM) and restorative justice. The present report provides the situation regarding marginalisation and radicalisation in Greece as well as available laws, policies and practices through analysis of the available literature and of data collected through focus groups with young people, with mental health professionals who work with young people vulnerable to radicalisation, with professionals of a juvenile detention centre and with 3 young ex-offenders. The findings indicated an increase of marginalisation and violent, mostly political, radicalisation of young people in Greece with the outbreak of the economic and more recently refugee crisis. The existing legislation and policies are limited as are the programmes based on the GLM, positive psychology and restorative justice. Data from the focus groups revealed that restorative justice models like the GLM could enable individuals to work towards the development of an identity, the need and search for which is considered the core factor leading to radicalisation. This report will act as the foundation for the development of YEIP’s innovative tool and for the first stage of field trials.

Christina Ioannou
PSYCHOLOGIST AND SENIOR RESEARCHER AT FAMILY AND CHILDCARE CENTRE (KMOP)

Find the Greek chapter at page 177 of the full report
“YOUNG, MARGINALISED
BUT NOT RADICALISED A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF POSITIVE APPROACHES TO YOUTH RADICALISATION”.

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