Interview of Amalia Alibaev from the Belgian Group after the Training Course in Germany "Radicability" 2019
According to your opinion, what drives youth radicalization?
Radicalisation, over the past years, has been highlighted as a topic of debate in
which it can be shaped in various forms such as political, social, cultural and
religious. Young people in a vulnerable state have been prone to be radicalised
specifically. This resulting from self-consciousness, ignorance, unawareness and
lately fake news. In my opinion young adults are mainly targeted as they desire
belonging to a bigger group that can help them secure their confidence and position
in life. Youth radicalisation needs to be prevented early on, starting with basic
education in school.
What is the role of youth organizations/NGOs in the prevention of radicalisation and violent extremism?
Youth organisations need to spread knowledge and inclusion. Their task is to create events where young vulnerable people can go to and find a welcoming community. If a young adult finds himself in a healthy and educated environment, where care is actually given, radicalisation can be decreased slowly.
What can we do to protect young people from extremist influences in the online environment? What are your tips for staying safe online?
In my opinion this opens up a debate about the freedom of speech and safety. If
violent posts and fake news are freely accessible for everyone on social media
platforms, young adults are going to be affected. There have been new regulations
that restrict inappropriate content, however, this should be restricted even more.
Especially in our society where, the digital world is becoming more and more
important, there needs to be more online security.