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    • Lack of a public debate on the migrant crisis can strengthen right-wing extremism

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    • Date: 28 July 2017

      Extreme right-wingers consider that the number of reported incidents involving migrants is deliberately diminished, see the positive representation of migrants as a form of repression and their activism is manifested mainly on the Internet, are the preliminary conclusions of the research presented by the researcher fellow Marina Lazetic to the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP) team on July 28, 2017.

      As a research fellow, she was engaged with the BCSP from May to July 2017, and during her collaboration with BCSP, she studied the connection of the migrant crisis with the perceived strengthening of extremism in Serbia. During her research, she interviewed key actors, such as representatives of government bodies in charge of refugee assistance, NGOs dealing with this topic, as well as the representatives of right-wing organizations and parties.

      "New right-wing movements, which are uniting and learning from European conservative organizations and nationalist parties, could represent a destabilizing factor and could influence the political scene of Serbia in the near future. The lack of a public debate on the migrant crisis in Serbia can be beneficial to right populist narratives, which could become a security risk both for refugees and for the citizens of Serbia", concluded Lazetic.

      Marina Lazetic graduated in sociology and human rights at Bard College in the United States, and she completed her master studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tafts University, the oldest institution in the United States devoted exclusively to the study of international relations. Prior to the BCSP, Lazetic worked as a research associate in organizations from Boston and Washington, and in addition she has a professional and volunteer experience in the civil sector. She is particularly interested in studying violent extremism and radicalism, conflict prevention and civilian protection .

      "Cooperation with BCSP was excellent. Throuoghout the engagement I had full support from the researchers, and I would recommend the BCSB to anyone interested in security studies," said Lazetic.

      Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP) has an ongoing open call for fellowship programmes for foreign studentsStandard duration of the BCSP fellowship is up to 3 months, with four yearly tenures. More than 200 students from Serbia and 35 from all over the world participated in BCSP internship and fellowship programmes in the last eleven years.

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