The European refugee crisis – how to foster integration and prevent radicalisation in Germany
On 8 November 2016, the European Foundation for Democracy hosted a lunch briefing with EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour on the integration of thousands of refugees into our liberal democracies.
Ahmad Mansour is an Arab-Israeli who has dedicated his career to preventing and countering Islamist extremism and anti-Semitism, particularly among Muslim youth in Germany. As European Foundation for Democracy Programme Director, Ahmad works closely with European and German policy makers and different government ministries. He is also well known for his advocacy at the grass-roots level among educators, social workers, religious officials and police forces. In addition to his role at the European Foundation for Democracy, Ahmad works as a Research Associate at the Centre for Democratic Culture (ZDK). Within the scope of ZDK's Hayat programme, Ahmad counsels individuals who are concerned about cases of radicalisation in their immediate social environment, as well as following up on cases of radicalisation in prisons. In addition, Ahmad is the chairman of the Muslimisches Forum Deutschland/Muslim Forum Germany e.V. and has previously served as a member of the German Islam Conference. In recognition of his extensive work to promote tolerance and peaceful coexistence, the Senate of Berlin awarded Ahmad the 2014 Moses Mendelssohn Prize. In 2016, Ahmad was awarded the Carl von Ossietzky Prize by the City of Oldenburg, as well as the Order of Merit of Berlin.