Around 33 percent of the hundreds of cases of radicalised youngsters reported to the police by concerned citizens have been considered serious by the authorities.
Since January 2014, Copenhagen Municipality has received 109 reports from concerned citizens, while Aarhus has experienced 83 reports this year alone.
“We are very concerned about it,” Anna Mee Allerslev, the deputy mayor for integration and employment issues at Copenhagen Municipality, told DR Nyheder. “Unfortunately, we’ve seen it’s a tendency that more young people are radicalised or are at a risk of becoming so.”
“We send in a ‘one-on-one’ coach if we estimate it is necessary. We can also step in with the family, and find that our focus is increasingly on the family being the key to bringing the youths back.”
Mentors at the ready
Copenhagen Municipality evaluated that 35 of the 109 reports were serious enough to warrant taking further preventative measures, which often include setting the youngsters up with an adult mentor.
Typically, the municipality can also offer the youths extra educational assistance and ensure an extra hand with getting a foothold in the labour market.