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Researchers and security professionals meet to exchange solutions on the management of Migratory Flows.

The Euro-Arab Foundation is organizing an event within the H2020 MEDEA project, Network of Security Professionals in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, which will bring together Security professionals and solution providers in the field of Migratory Flow Management.

This event will be held in English and online on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CET.

To register for this event you can click here:

In September 2021, the MEDEA consortium has launched an open call to Academia and Industry for Ideas and Solutions. on solving the identified gaps. The consortium has evaluated the proposals submitted and has selected those ideas that best address the different needs that arise in terms of security.

Some of the selected ideas will be communicated to potential solution providers and pioneers in security innovation. During the Research, Development and Innovation Day, responders to the open call (security stakeholders, industries, academia, research organisations and SMEs) will be able to present pertinent to MEDEA members and practitioners in high level of operational, solutions in the different areas covered by the project: management of migratory flows, border surveillance, cross-border crime and terrorism, natural risks and technological accidents.

The Euro-Arab Foundation coordinates the first thematic community of the project ‘Management of migratory flows and asylum seekers’ for which we have identified and documented several capability gaps. Through this event, we offer the opportunity to learn about new solutions for these gaps in the field of migration in the Mediterranean.

MEDEA is a Coordination and Support Action for the European Commission financed by the EU through the H2020 program whose objective is to establish and develop a regional network of professionals and other actors related to security in the Mediterranean and Black Sea region.


Hope Mid-Term International Conference in Bulgaria

Hope Mid-Term International Conference in Bulgaria

After meeting in Norway on March 31 and April 1, 2022, the partners of the HOPE project (A holistic initiative to prevent and counter radicalization in the Balkans, Southern and Eastern Europe) meet again in Sofia, Bulgaria. This international conference taking place on April 7-8, 2022 at the General Directorate in the Bulgarian capital aims to disseminate the project’s products, goals, and objectives, as well as to engage relevant international stakeholders’ (prison/probation staff, community organisations’ staff, policy/decision makers, academics/researchers, local/regional/governmental actors) in other project events. The participants have visited Sofia Central Prison.

The following topics were discussed on the first day of the meeting:

  • The HOPE project approach A holistic initiative to prevent and counter radicalisation in the Balkan, Southern and Eastern Europe
  • Regional solutions for regional challenges: A historical perspective on preventing radicalisation and extremism in Southern and Eastern Europe
  • A country-by-country or regional approach to Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism? Main challenges, structural needs and lessons learned
  • Do not focus on VETOs only: Identification of vulnerable individuals to radicalisation and extremism in prison
  • The importance of alternative detention measures: The role of probation officers and community practitioners on working with extremist offenders outside prison
  • Rehabilitating Foreign Terrorist Fighters: An overview of UNODC’s FTF Detention Programme’s experience

This project, in which the Euro-Arab Foundation participates, is developing a network for continuous training and the exchange of knowledge on the prevention of radicalization in the Balkans and countries of southern and eastern Europe. If you want to know more, watch the presentation video of the project:

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Deradicalization in the prison context in Norway

The partners of the HOPE project (Holistic Radicalization Prevention Initiative) have met this past March 31 and April 1 at the University Center of the Norwegian Correctional Service (KRUS) in Lillestrom, Norway. During the meeting, they learned about the international projects of the KRUS, which is currently an international reference organization. They also witnessed part of the practical training activities, talked with students and teachers of the university degree for people who want to work in the prison context, visited the training spaces and the library. The consortium meeting also served to update the status of the project and plan the next activities, which will include 3 trainings on deradicalization in the prison context for frontline professionals in Bulgaria, Slovenia and Serbia.

On Friday, April 1, the participants visited the Kongsvinger prison complex. The visit included a presentation of the prison deradicalization model used in Norway, whose main element is dynamic security. Dynamic security is based on close contact with prisoners, trust based on the creation of a personal relationship with them and risk analysis based on changes in behavior, rather than static indicators. During the visit, the partners had the opportunity to visit cells at the different security levels, the training and recreation facilities for prisoners and the training spaces for prison officials.

The European project HOPE, in which the Euro-Arab Foundation participates, is developing a network for continuous training and knowledge exchange in the Balkans and countries of southern and eastern Europe.

The HOPE project is developing a network for continuous training and knowledge sharing in the Balkan, Southern and Eastern European countries.

This network aims to intervene in radicalisation prevention and disengagement and improve the transition between the prison/probation system and the community, for those at risk of radicalisation or who have already been radicalised.

Training and research organisations, academics, prison, and probation administrations make up the HOPE project network.

This project is led by IPS Innovative Prison Systems, and is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA-Norway Grant Fund for Regional Cooperation.