The U.S. Embassy in Belgium is giving $200,000 away to promote “positive narratives” about immigrants in Europe. The money is to be given out in Belgium, the home base of the European Union which pursues an open-border ideology, however it can be used anywhere in Europe.
The hand-out is in the form a grant, which includes objectives such as to, “Dispel the narratives of extremist groups that incite violence and provide alternative narratives. Provide positive narratives concerning refugees and immigrant populations.” It also inclused “preventative outreach” to “at-risk youth and communities,” and giving alternatives to “ordinary citizens susceptible to recruitment into violent extremism.”
“Our office seeks to promote positive narratives and tolerant perspectives as well as directly dispel violent extremist messaging; reduce violent extremism through education, critical thinking, and structured dialogue; and enhance and amplify community-based resiliency efforts focused on women and youth,” reads one of the documents which outlines the grant.
According to the Daily Caller:
Over 1 million refugees poured into Europe in a migrant crisis in 2015, mostly hailing from Syria, Afghanistan and other Muslim-majority nations. At the same time thousands of European individuals have left to fight with ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and terror attacks have plagued Belgium, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Nations are now worried about the prospect of these terrorists returning to Europe.
The grant hopes to “reduce violent extremism and terrorism by promoting a comprehensive approach to address violent extremist challenges in Europe.”
The program says grant-winners can promote positive narratives about refugees and immigrants through “TV, radio, online, and social-media campaigns.” The embassy aims for the program to be “be sustainable beyond the life of the grant.”
While the grant does include a nominal outreach section, the focus on media promotion of the immigrant cause, does come across as a propaganda project.