WIR II: Workshops for integration and prevention of radicalization

Between 1 March 2019 and 31 December 2020, the IOM Country Office for Austria implemented a project aimed at supporting adolescents and young adults with Chechen roots with the development of their identity in a multicultural setting within the Austrian society.

The pilot initiative was implemented in close cooperation with the association Großes Schiff and other actors in the field of youth work. Phase II of the project benefitted from the positive outcomes of the pilot initiative and IOM’s already established presence among Chechen communities in Vienna and Linz. The project further contributed to increasing resilience among youth at-risk and to empowering communities in supporting their youth in building up their identity as Chechens in Austria. Moreover, based on recommendations from the community, the second phase of the project targeted specifically Chechen girls.

Different workshops addressed the history and current state of affairs in both the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Austria and increased beneficiaries’ media literacy and social skills in intercultural communication and conflict management. The overarching objective was to prevent radicalization.

Key facts

  • Participating cities: Vienna, Linz and Haid
  • Duration: 1 March 2019 – 31 December 2020


  • Amplification and continuation of the already established "Stakeholder Group"
  • Selection and training of "multipliers" who will be provided with practical knowledge on methods for conducting workshops on relevant topics in schools
  • Cooperation with youth work practitioners (a.o. association “Turn”, association “Großes Schiff”)
  • Conduction of a series of workshops in co-coaching teams including specially trained Chechen intercultural mediators
  • Selection of young “multiplicators” (mainly former project participants) to conduct mini-workshops in schools
  • Development of individual media products within the frame of the workshops
  • Conduction of an outdoor event for team-building in each participating city
  • Fostering of local networks that will allow mutual learning and support also after the end of the project
  • Public closing events in which beneficiaries present their results from the workshop series

The project summary is available for download.

Short films

You can find all short films and programs that have been produced within the project so far on the IOM YouTube Channel and on DorfTV by clicking on the following links:


Ondine Delavelle


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This project was funded by the Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria.