European Muslims : caught between local integration challenges and global terrorism discourses
Title: European Muslims : caught between local integration challenges and global terrorism discourses
Author: TRIANDAFYLLIDOU, Anna
Citation: Roma : Istituto Affari Internazionali, 2015
Series/Number: IAI Working Paper; 2015/15
External link: http://www.iai.it/en/node/4186
After the positive vibrations that the Arab Spring sent around Europe in 2011, today we are witnessing a reversal of that positive trend. The escalation of violence and insecurity in the region is sending shock waves across Europe and North America. Negative vibrations have been acutely felt in Europe, not only with the Charlie Hebdo events in Paris, but also in relation to the so-called foreign fighters question. Several thousand young people – mostly men but also women –, a tiny, albeit dramatically visible, part of the European Muslim community – some of whom are second-generation migrant youth of Muslim origin, while others are young converts – have joined ISIS forces in Syria to fight a jihadist war. My aim in this paper is to argue that, while the weaknesses and tensions of integration policies exist and may have intensified since the start of the new century, the seeds of minority Muslim youth recruitment in Europe has more to do with today’s global-local connections rather than with failed integration.
Type of Access: openAccess