This webinar will be held in English and will take place via WebEx.

While violent extremism is a global phenomenon, extremists start their radicalization process in their local context. Radicalization to violent extremism, however, is not happening everywhere. Even between cities, neighborhoods or communities that are comparable in regards to political, social or socioeconomic circumstances or grievances, there are often very different radicalization-related developments. In other words, some neighborhoods struggle with a significantly higher number of radicalized individuals than others, making them ‘radicalization hubs’ (also referred to as ‘hotbeds of radicalization’).

Why do some neighborhoods turn into radicalization hubs while others, facing comparable challenges and factors, do not?

We are pleased to invite you to attend the RAN Webinar on ‘Radicalization Hubs in the EU’ on 17 February (16:00 - 17:45 CET).


  • If you wish to attend this webinar, please register via this link. This link will redirect you to a page on which you will find a button ‘register’ (see image below). Click on this link and sign up with the email address with which you will attend the webinar.

  • Shortly afterwards, you will receive a registration link in your email from WebEx which will direct you to the webinar environment. If you do not receive this email, check your spam box!

Background and aim of this webinar

The primary target audience of the webinar is first-line practitioners. This group includes youth and family workers, local civil servants, exit workers and educators, including staff from CSOs, but also communication specialists and law enforcement professionals. While many nowadays have heard about the ‘radicalisation hubs’, the webinar aims to provide the target groups with a deeper understanding of the topic.

This webinar will focus on so-called ‘radicalisation hubs’ introducing concrete case studies as well as practitioner oriented recommendations, some of which were generated by a RAN small-scale expert meeting on the same topic on 25 November 2020.

The goal of this webinar is to disseminate expert knowledge on this topic, by sharing key findings ofthe RAN conclusion paper titled “The Role of Hotbeds of Radicalisation” which will be presented by Alexander Ritzmann. In addition, Islamist and right-wing extremist radicalisation hubs will be presented and discussed by experts Paul Mentz (Germany), Mikkel Hjelt (Denmark) and one other speaker. Recommendations on the prevention or countering of radicalisation hubs, will also be shared at the webinar.

If you have any questions or remarks, please contact Rik Scheele or Alexander Ritzmann.