Denmark spends $9 million on de-radicalization programs

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark has earmarked 60.9 million kroner ($9.2 million) over the next three years for programs to de-radicalize Islamic extremists, including those who have fought with jihadi groups in Syria and Iraq.

Justice Minister Mette Frederiksen said Tuesday most of the money will be used for efforts to prevent young people from joining radical groups.

About 7 million kroner ($1 million) will be spent on exit programs for former foreign fighters. There already is such a program in Aarhus, Denmark's second largest city, where returning fighters are offered meetings with social workers, police and psychologists to help them reintegrate to society.

Authorities say anyone who's found to have violated Danish laws will be prosecuted — though critics say it's often hard to prove that those returning fought with outlawed groups.

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