The ARMOUR Focus Group in Austria was held on 4 July 2019 and was virtually hosted by our partner SYNYO GmbH. Only three practitioners took part (six professionals had been recruited, but due to technical or personal reasons three of them failed to participate).

The focus group followed a scenario of a semi-structured discussion. It focused on the topic of radicalization and understanding of violent extremism, in order to identify and communicate cases of radicalization towards designing a specific program for effective prevention and intervention with young people and children. You can find more information on the focus group methodology here.

Several conclusions stood out: if a young person does not have any space for discussion and for exchange, and hasn’t yet developed a strong personality, the person is more open for extreme ideologies; it is more likely that a young person joins an extremist group, if the person always had strong ties to a particular ideology and if the ideology was normal in the family setting; the sensibilization is crucial, directly addressing the narratives and sometimes you need provocation; etc. Participants called for more funding for collaborative projects and the development of a practitioners’ network for exchanging practices.

The joint results will present the findings of all focus groups and will be published in the last quarter of 2019.