IWEP expert: target audience for prevention of religiously motivated radicalization remains blurred

20 September 2017


Head of the “Domestic policy and social studies” program of the Institute of World Economics and Politics under the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy Serik Beissembayev presented a report at the Regional High-Level Expert Workshop "Responding to Changes in Migratory Flows: Perspectives of Destination and Return Countries" organized by the Library of the First President of the RK – Elbassy and the International Organization for Migration.

According to the expert, despite the growing influence of the state in the religious sphere, the massive work being carried out to prevent religiously motivated radicalization it is necessary to take a number of measures to prevent the propagation of extremist ideas among vulnerable groups of the population.

– Despite the increased control over the subjects of the religious field, the development of the qualifications of the employees of the relevant departments and representatives of the official clergy, the audience at which preventive measures are to be targeted remains blurred, – said Serik Beisembayev.

According to the expert, the major risk groups in this direction may be troubled teenagers, socially vulnerable youth, internal and labor migrants. It has been recommended to strengthen the methodological support of preventive activities of state bodies, as well as an increase in the efficiency of spending.